Spoiling Toddlers

Adi’s toy cabinet needs some good housekeeping or 5S. Some of his toys are broken but can be repaired, some needs to be thrown away and some needs a new owner. Most of his toys last year were birthday gifts when he turned one while the most recent ones were bought by his loving parents. Adi has a collection of books, too. Some were given by his cousin Kai while most were bought by his loving parents. At two years old, he has a CD collection of nursery rhymes, Sesame Street and cartoons. I’d like to justify our generosity to our toddler but at the back of my mind, too much exposure to material things might result to Adi being a spoiled brat. He might think that things are easily taken without working hard for it as long as his parents are there. He might think that it’s okay to break toys because new ones can easily be bought by his parents.

Having a toddler as bubbly and handsome as Adi will melt any parents heart. But I don’t want to raise a spoiled brat. I have the obligation to raise him and teach him positive values like contentment and gratitude.