I know it seems silly, but I don’t believe in the thought that kids have to be hard on toys and that’s the way it is. I think they can be and should be thought to take care of what they have. I think it is how they learn appreciation for what they have.
It’s not that I want my kids to be materialistic. I want them to know that stuff is far less important than people and time spent with the ones they love. But I don’t like the current mentality of society that treats everything they have as disposable. “Oh well, it broke; we’ll get a new one.” “You lost it? Oh well, they are a dime a dozen.”
I may be off base here, but this is why I’m glad the girls don’t have every toy under the sun. I want them to learn to make do and enjoy what they have. I want them learn to be grateful for and take care of their toys so they can continue to play with and enjoy them.