I keep thinking about how horrible toys are. I know that there are much bigger ideas that I should be worried about as a mom, but I can’t help but think about it. I saw this 5-year-old girl ranting on a youtube video about how toys should not be marketed to just girls or just boys. She was yelling like a grown up about how silly these toys are. I couldn’t help laughing and cheering for her at the same time.
On the other hand, I kept thinking of how many times little black girls have chosen a white doll over a black one in the experiment that has been reenacted several times since the experiment first happened in 1939, almost 75 years ago. Then there are toys that do not encourage children to do anything except beg their parents to buy more toys, and where do people have room for all those toys, especially after kids get bored with them, but still do not want you to part with what they’ve gotten? I don’t know.
I don’t think toys have to always cultivate baby Beethovens, Einsteins, or a Madame Curie, but at least let a child develop some imagination. I know Audrey dressed up as Wonder Woman, and I remember riding my bike. I’d go to the beach with my brother and my parents and we’d dig in the sand. We’d play catch and tag and hopscotch. Every toy didn’t have a button, and I’m afraid I sound like an old curmudgeon, but I do not want to have a child who is constantly fixed on a screen or buying into a value system that they are not even aware of. I think that’s something most parents do worry about.