Stress is inevitably part of our lives.However, there are ways to overcome stress- praying and learning to have fun. In my case, I cope with stress by collecting and playing with toys. Forty years of existence and I still enjoy the things that made me happy when I was a kid. I am talking about all kinds of toys. Rich or poor, Mattel, Chicco branded or mere sardine cans, a normal kid gets by through the help of his/her toy. When I was young girl, I had barbie dolls and toy cars (yes, toy cars). My siblings and I also shared a remote controlled toy airplane fueled by gasoline. It looks somewhat like this:
Apart from my dolls and toy houses, I also have toy musical instruments like this harp:
I am very fortunate to grow up in a family who loves toys. Even my 81 year old dad takes out his gun collection once in awhile just to look at them. I think my children would be considered lucky to have me for a mom because I am a certified toy advocate.
Toy trains are a must. Miguel and Ruben II cannot get over their Thomas trains.
We have around seventy of the trains including the famous eight -Thomas, James, Percy, Edward, Gordon, Henry, Toby and Duck. These trains come in handy especially during Christmas time.
My collection of toy houses and windmills blend with my children’s train set. Pardon the low quality of the picture but the shapes are still visible, thus:
Even if they break some of my toys and figurine houses older than them (grr!!), what matters is that they see and share a part of my childhood through my toys.Research shows that there are benefits from playing with children.Pretend playing improves the children’s vocabulary and teaches them how to solve problems. Further, regular bonding with our children relieves them from stress too. My job as a mom is to give them the best childhood memories a mother could possibly give. I have no right to get tired. Tiredness equals disappointed children.
The point is, we must always play with our children because when they grow up, they will look for other playmates. In my experience, children who had a happy childhood eventually grew up as happy adults.