Isn’t it amazing how your kids can actually break complex-looking toys, even if they’re only using their teeny, tiny hands? Whether it’s a doll, remote-controlled car, or toy robot, they can always find a way to dismantle the parts. If you don’t watch them carefully during playtime, you might get surprised that one of the parts is missing or damaged beyond repair.
While this feat can be amazing, it should also be monitored and reduced, if possible. As kids, it’s important to understand that they can also break their educational toys because of an accident, or they are just curious to see what would happen if they throw it in the air. If you can help your child manage this behaviour, he can definitely improve his self-control in the long run.
- Face the problem. For instance, if you saw that your little one has destroyed his Lego Friends Vet Clinic from Tesco, show him the natural consequences of his actions. This will help the child understand the effect of what he has done. Show him what was destroyed and demonstrate why the broken part doesn’t fit, or how it malfunctions. Kids usually cry after seeing this. If this happens, show them in a sincere manner that you also feel sad about what happened.
- Help the kid create restitution. If the toy can still be fixed, help him repair it. This can also be done when your child tears off a page in a book. You need to teach him that it takes more time to repair an object than to destroy it.
If the toy is really beyond repair, work with him in order to replace it. Maybe you can make him do basic chores in the house so he can save up and buy the toy.
- Let the kid understand the long-term effects of his behaviour. Never rush to buy a broken toy. Instead, let him work first with the repaired ones, or just do without it. This will teach the little ones to be extra careful when playing.
- Provide attention if you notice that your kid is learning to follow directions. Oftentimes, kids can develop unpleasant behaviours because they seek attention from their parents. In order to prevent this, spend more positive time with them. Examples of bonding activities include going to the zoo, playing in the park, or even listening to the radio together.
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