posted on Sep, 13 2005 @ 01:48 PM
Tired of your kids whining that they don't have the newest doll, or the best skateboard on the block? Obviously your kids have more toys than they
know what to do with.
Now every time they complain that there's nothing to do, or they complain about wanting a new toy, take one of their existing toys away. It's best
to do this in a dramatic fashion. You might want to get a big bucket and write the words "TRASH" on it in large letters. Make a big display about
throwing stuff out and proclaim loudly that you are trashing their toys since the don't seem to be happy with them. Don't really throw the toys out.
I'll explain in a sec. what to do with them.
Eventually your kids will realize that they have few toys left so they better enjoy them. Or at least pretend to enjoy them. Now here's the best
part. On birthdays and Christmas. Rummage through the toy trash can and find them some "new" gifts. There are several huge benefits to this method.
#1 You already know they like this toy so you don't have to ask them what they want for a present.
#2 You don't have to go out and buy more toys so you'll save a lot of cash.
#3 When they see their beloved toy come back from the trash, they will be so overjoyed to have it back that they'll most likely spend hours playing
with it. (At least for a day, then you can trash it again)
Use the extra cash you made to buy more vegetables. This helps enforce the meal-time strategy as mentioned earlier.
[edit on 13-9-2005 by dbates]