The Baby has turned two and shall henceforth be known here as the Toddler *sobs and wipes away a wee tear*
Yesterday was the big day which was full of yummy food, petting zoos, being spoiled and, of course, presents.
There’s a checklist I go through when planning to buy the Toddler a gift. There is also a checklist my son’s grandparents go through when planning to buy a gift. I realize now that those checklists can have a couple of key differing points.
- Is it something the Toddler is interested in?
- Is it educational or good for fine/gross motor skills?
- Does it do more than one thing?
- Does it use his imagination?
- Can he play with it independently without causing whining and tantrums?
- Does it have few pieces that wont be scattered to all end of the earth and take an age to tidy away?
- Will I survive standing on one of the pieces?
- Is it affordable?
- Will it entertain him for more than 10 minutes?
- Is it sturdy enough not to collapse every time he goes near it and cause wailing?
And, most importantly:
- Will I able to handle my son playing with it for an hour at 5 am without wanting to chuck it (and him) out the window?
If the answer to all of these questions is yes I usually get myself onto a well known second hand auction site and get bidding.
My parent’s list has different priorities.
- Is it so loud and persistent that you wont be able to hold a conversation over the racket?
- Is it waaay to old for him?
- Does it carry an element of danger?
- Is it something he has no hope of playing with independently?
- Is it something that actually the Grandpa might have more fun playing with than the Toddler?
- Did it cost a small fortune?
- Does it offer no developmental opportunities whatsoever?
- Is it something the Toddler will love deeply despite being age inappropriate, dangerous and causing tantrums?
- Is it so mind numbingly annoying that it will inevitably be ‘forgotten’ at Grandma’s house by the Mama when it comes time to leave?
Yes! Fantastic- let’s buy it!
Thanks, Grandpa. The Toddler loves his new racing car track which is meant for over fives, a very deafeningly loud motor, requires adult supervision to be played with and fires heavy metal cars around at the speed of light before they inevitable crash and are flung off the track into soft, unsuspecting faces. Awesome.