I was not contributing to My Bilingual Boys linky since Thanksgiving, since we go through an interesting phase of “too many toys and nothing to play with”. When my parents were here, they gave Anna a new cash register. I think it’s probably a good toy for older kids, but why recommended age for it is 36 months is beyond me (unless those 3 year olds have older siblings to play with). It’s not something that my daughter can play independently with, she doesn’t understand money denominations yet, and while she played with it a great deal while grandparents were here, it’s grandparents that she played with, not really cash register itself.
Another not-so-useful toy was Crayola Glow Station. For once, the battery in the light pen was pretty much dead, which made the toy even less interesting. Secondly, it takes a long time for images to fade. Thirdly, my daughter doesn’t like to be in the dark. It’s supposed to be used in the car, but she is perfectly happy listening to CDs or playing word games in the car. It’s not something that I would recommend even for the target age group of 6-15.
Overall, we are at the age when my daughter is still not interested in playing independently a lot and desperate for a playmate. Every day I listen to the same requests – I want to watch a movie or Play with me, mommy. She is also interested in the computer games, but I refuse to allow her more than an hour of electronic entertainment a day. I keep reminding myself that the age of independent play will come soon and I will miss being needed as much as now, but I keep hoping that some of Christmas presents will break through the current crazy afternoon routine when my daughter won’t rest until she gets her movie of the day and then will nag for games and mope around if I am too busy.
So this was my “keeping it real” post :) It might look sometimes that things are just peachy here, but I have the same struggles as everyone else – keeping the balance between work, family and finding some “me” time in the middle of this all.