When buying gifts for children its common knowledge that the child is more likely to prefer the box than the actual toy. Rory is an exception to this rule. He prefers neither the box nor the toy. In fact you’d be better spending your hard earn cash on a rubber door stop or some coat hangers! It seems that my child would rather play with ANYTHING other than his toys!
Here are Rory’s top 5 none-toys to play with:
- My Phone –
I can’t help but feel I am
partiallymainly to blame for this one. I’m very aware that for the majority of Rory’s existence, my phone has been right up in his grill! What can I say I’m one snap happy mama. Terrified of missing a moment, I must have taken thousands of photos in the past 12 months. I suppose it would be unfair of me to blame him. He’s only showing an interest in an object which is thrust in his face at every potential photo opportunity!
- The TV remote –
His love affair with the TV remote started a couple of months back. After wasting money on a toy remote, a work colleague very kindly gave us her unused sky remote. At first he couldn’t have been happier but it didn’t take him long to realise something was amiss. If he ever finds himself in arms reach of the actual remote, he’ll discard his faster than a speeding bullet. Who knew tricking babies was this tough!
- Bathroom Scales –
His current favourite bathroom past time is slamming the bathroom scales against the tile wall. Obviously this is something which he is not allowed to do. Knowing this, he bides his time and waits for the perfect opportunity…just as I sit on the loo!
- Coasters –
For Christmas Rory got all the toys in the world. So much so in fact that some of his toys still remain in their boxes! Yet there he sat, all his new toys around him, playing with a coaster! At least I know what to get him for his birthday!
- Hairdryer –
In our bedroom we have a mini toy box. Its home to his building blocks, a handful of cars and a few books. The intention being it’ll occupy him while I get ready. Most mornings he’ll tip the contents of the box out and then crawl off in search of more desirable objects. Occasionally he’ll have a gander at the curling tongs but his favourite is without a doubt the hairdryer.
I’m certainly not going to win any prizes for admitting I let my child play with a hairdryer. Not to mention the fact that he gets separation anxiety if he’s any more than a meter away from my phone. But the one thing I’ve learnt is to pick your battles. If they can’t hurt themselves and it keeps them quiet just long enough for you to brush your hair or find a matching pair of socks, then what’s the harm?
What random objects do your kids prefer over their toys?
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