SIX TIPS TO SIMPLIFY CHILDREN'S LIVES
2. CONQUER THE CLUTTER
Perhaps the most obvious place to start and also a LOT of fun.
Fewer toys benefit kids
giving them the freedom to immerse themselves deeply in imaginative rather than superficial play.
Here are a few tips to help decide which toys need to find a new home:
-Remove broken toys
-Remove toys with missing parts
-Remove toys which limit kids imagination (toys where you press a button and it lights up or makes a noise are prime candidates)
-Remove toys your child hasn't played with in over a month
-And then remove some more
-Always keep favorites which are often simple and classic toys
2. SIMPLIFY INFORMATION
While it's healthy for children to be aware of the world around them, we need to safeguard them against age inappropriate information which will not "prepare" our kids for the world but will
National Institute of Mental Health
suggests the brain doesn't fully mature until our mid-late twenties with the frontal lobe, responsible for judgment and decision-making being the last region to complete development. Children simply can't process adult information.
Exposing them to distressing world news can be the source of genuine uneasiness over a situation they can't rationalize. Watching traumatic news after the kids go to bed or limiting adult conversations can go a long way to reducing our kid's anxiety levels."