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Toys and Kid Stuff by Atty. Marianne Aningat-Guinolbay

A glimpse of my happy childhood memories...
A glimpse of my happy childhood memories…

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:

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Apart from  my dolls and toy houses, I also have toy musical instruments like this harp:

Miguel with my toy harp.
Miguel with my toy harp.
I have ten barbie dolls like this one. I think its called a heart barbie.

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.Image result for toy thomas trains collection images

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:

Ruben and Miguel's trian set.
Ruben and Miguel’s train set. At the foreground is the Hogwarts Castle.
RG with Percy
RG with Percy  the train.
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Miguel with his radio flyer. I bought one for each boy. I was inspired by the movie Dennis the Menace.

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 author with her children RG and MM Guinolbay.
The author playing war games with her children RG and MM Guinolbay.
Daddy playing pirates with MM and RG.
Daddy playing pirates with MM and RG.

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.

RG teaching his dad how to play Minecraft. MM wears the green wizard's hat.
RG teaching his dad how to play Minecraft. MM wears the green wizard’s hat.
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RG teaching his dad how to play Minecraft. My little boy MM  has his face partially hidden by the green wizard’ hat.
RG 5 years old and MM, 3 at SM Moa in November 2010. The train was lent to Mm by the store vendor because MM was crying.
RG 5 years old and MM, 3 at SM Moa in November 2010. The train was lent to Mm by the store vendor because MM was crying.