Parenting

Mom & Dad, What Favorite Old School Toys Would You Share with Your Child?

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Over the last decade, toy companies and major retailers alike have launched marketing campaigns in order to promote “old-school games and toys.” The Rubix Cube, Lite-Brite, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Care Bears, and my absolute favorite Strawberry Shortcake have all been introduced to a younger generation. It was incredible genius to create a 1980s toy tidal wave providing parents the opportunity to revisit their childhood.
All parents naturally enjoy watching their child experience something wonderful and new. The discovery of ladybugs, butterflies, chocolate, bubbles, finger painting, etc. is best discovered through the eyes of a child. However, nothing is more pleasurable than experiencing the magic of play not once, but twice with your own favorite toy.  
There are so many new toys marketed to undoubtedly make your child’s IQ higher, naturally, stimulate pleasurable emotions, develop problem-solving and enhance language skills. Maybe these claims are research-based or maybe not. What is factual is the bond, a parent, builds with their child through play. So shouldn’t it be fun for both parties? Of course! Reflect on your childhood and think about the toys that brought such joy and fun. Chances are these old-school games or toys can be found at a local retail store. When picking an old-school favorite, carefully consider your child’s interests to avoid terrible disappointment when your child does not respond with personal enthusiasm to your beloved toy.
All forms of play naturally build and reinforce the lasting bond between a parent and child. However, playing with an old-school favorite allows an opportunity for a parent to open up about their childhood. Allow your child to be creative with their “new” toy. Maybe they will play with it in ways you never imagined. Everyone wants the chance to relive their childhood. Thanks to mass production, successful corporate retailers and ad campaigns, we can all take a walk down memory lane through the curious eyes of our children.

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