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Are your Kids: Spoiled? Unspoiled? Just Kids?

We all have heard it at least once as a parent. Your kid is spoiled. But what does that mean? Is our kid really spoiled? Or is someone witnessing your child on a bad day? We all have bad days. We all have moments where we can act entitled, privileged, and snobby. But does that mean we are spoiled?

My son was recently witnessed on a very bad day. He was with me in the store. We had been shopping all day. We did a LARGE Costco run, we ran to the Bank, we ran to the Dollar Store, we took his sister to school, we attended a meeting for the PTA, and we finished it all off at Toys R Us. Bad idea, I know. But it was my daughter’s birthday weekend. We were picking up last minute items for her party, including her brand new bike. While we were in the store my 1 1/2 year old son who was very tired, had not napped for longer than a car ride all day, had not eaten since lunch (nearly two hours prior) and was physically and emotionally spent with errand day, spotted a brand new truck. holding my hand as he followed along he reached out to grab the truck. Sorry little man, not today, I sadly explained. That was the last straw for my poor little guy. Meltdown central began.

He let go of my hand and threw himself flat on the tile floor in the middle of Toys R Us and proceeded to throw a tantrum that would make the Academy want to award him a little gold statue. An older woman walked by and smiled at me, the she frowned at my son. Who had begun kicking while spinning on the ground, crying out-loud “want, truck, want truck!” I was exhausted myself, ready to be done for the day so I could take my daughter to baseball practice and finally go home to bake for her party. I wanted to scream, I wanted to yell, but I didn’t. Instead I bent down, picked him up, hugged him, gave him a bug kiss, and said “you really want that truck don’t you?” He sobbed, nodded, and laid his little head on my shoulder. The lady warned me. Do not give in to him. He is spoiled, he should not be rewarded with a truck for throwing a tantrum. Listen to me I have three grown children.

I understood her advice. I listened. I smiled. But I knew that my son had also had a long day. He had not been difficult until that moment. He was sweet in the other stores. Quiet at the bank. And still had to go sit through his sisters 1 1/2 hour baseball practice in the cold wind before going home to eat dinner and get ready for bed. I knew he needed something to keep him distracted, entertained, and lets face it, keep me sane. I reached for the truck and took it right to the checkout.

I know! I must be insane. I am spoiling my kids. But really, am I? My son stopped crying. He followed me closely to the checkout. He didn’t cry or speak again until he was happily strapped in his carseat. I unwrapped he truck and handed it to him. His face lit up, “truck!” he happily uttered. And for the entire time at baseball he played happily. Now I do not routinely I’ve in to tantrums. But, I do not feel this tantrum was truly a tantrum. Kids are just like us. they feel fatigue, they feel overwhelmed, and they are not always able to regulate those emotions as well as adults. I knew my son was at his emotional wits end. He was overwhelmed with his long day. I got down to his level, affirmed his feelings, hugged him to let him know I understood and it was ok. Sometimes we all just need to know there is someone out there who gets it. It doesn’t mean we are spoiled. It just means we are human. and after all, some of us are just kids.

How to Make Kinetic Sand: DIY

Kinetic Sand is a very fun and very popular alternative to play dough, clay, and other putty like toys. Kinetic sand is fun because it has a consistency similar to sand in texture and appearance, but like play dough it sticks together and can form different sculptures, shapes, etc. Kids love this, especially kids that love to play with cars, construction vehicles, etc. because they can use the sand with their toys. There is a popular commercial brand, but it can be expensive, and why buy when you can create!? This fun recipe is simple, fun, and easy to recreate at home. You and your kids can have fun creating it together.

 What You will Need:

What You Will Do:

  1. In a container combine the play sand and corn starch and mix well

2. Combine the soap and water in a separate container, and stir until the water is bubbly

3. Slowly pour the water into the sand/cornstarch and mix well. Slowly mix while adding more water as needed.  If even more water is needed add a little more and mix.  Continue to add more water until you reach your desired consistency. We used 3/4 of a cup of water, and the consistency was perfect, but if your sand is coarser or finer than you may need more or less water, so add it SLOWLY!

This incredibly easy result will allow you to play for hours! Now you can build, sculpt, and play with your toys all day.

Melissa and Doug Toys: The Boy’s Store

Did you know that The Boy’s Store also stocks toys? We carry several Melissa and Doug toys and puzzles perfect for gifts or to add to your own collection of toys and games at home. Melissa and Doug toys are great because they are earth friendly and geared towards learning. The Boy’s Store offers several Melissa and Doug Puzzles that will help to keep your kids busy during those days they cannot go outside to play, or during quiet time at home or on the go. Check out some of the amazing puzzles we have in stock now.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles:

Construction Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: This floor puzzle is a favorite amongst boys that love construction vehicles. It is great for ages 3 and up, it is a 24 piece puzzle perfect for fun and learning.

World Map Floor Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Are you looking to teach your kids about the world? Geography is such an important part of learning. This puzzle will help kids gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The End of An Era Jigsaw Puzzle by Melissa Doug: Dinosaurs! Most kids are fascinated by dinosaurs. This fun puzzle gives them an idea of what dinosaurs looked like and how they might have interacted with one another.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Did you know that puzzles are an important part of learning? These are just a few of the important lessons puzzle building teaches kids:

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Social
  • Self Esteem