I'm frustrated by a recent trend I've been seeing from parents. They don't buy their kids toys anymore. If they do, they buy a toy that isn't age appropriate.
For example, last year my stepson bought his 6 year old son the Legos Millenium Falcon. This toy has 1,254 pieces with a suggested age of 9 to 14 years.
Did my 6 year old grandson put it together? Of course not, his dad did. Then the 6 year old pulled it apart because he hadn't done the hard work of actually constructing it.
My son would have loved receiving the Millenium Falcon when he was little and without a doubt been able to construct it himself but his parents weren't going to spend $200 on a toy. Nowadays, it seems that $200 is nothing for parents to spend.
Since our grandkids live out of state and we don't really know what they have in regards to toys, we decided to send money so their parents could shop for them. Their parents decided to buy a second iPad for the kids because they were fighting over the one they already had. Did I mention the kids' ages are 7, 5, 3 and 1?
Whatever happened to Candyland? Don't parents buy age-appropriate toys anymore?
My kids are 21 and 19. They are a junior and sophomore in college. They received their very first iPad yesterday. They didn't get smartphones until they left for college. My niece received a smartphone when she was 11 and an iPad at 12. My daughter was still playing with dolls at 11. Don't little girls play with dolls anymore?
I actually believe there are life skills learned through playing with age-appropriate toys. My daughter learned her times tables by playing Yatzee. My son has a keen sense of how things fit together. Skills he received by playing with Legos, Kinex and puzzles. They both are excellent writers. Skills obtained through reading lots of great literature and playing games like Scrabble, Wordigo and Bananagrams.
I understand that parents want their kids to know how to use electronic devices but there's plenty of time for that. There are other skills they need to learn before they need to know how to play Angry Birds on the iPad.
Don't parents buy age-appropriate toys anymore?