At some point in parenting comes the inevitable moment when your child is old enough to notice when you give away their toys. Their reaction is usually the same: “Nooo!”
As parents, we learn to be stealthy and hide the soon-to-be departed items, sometimes under blankets or in closets, to keep prying eyes from finding their “beloveds” (that they hadn’t played with in forever) and returning them to toy boxes or beds.
I once made the mistake of explaining to Choo-choo that his long deserted toys would be going to other kids who will love them, play with them, and cherish them. Of course, this only made things worse.
His reaction was exactly what I should have expected. Worry filled his eyes. His face froze in panic. I could hear his thoughts: “What? Another child will be touching MY toys?? I don’t think so!”
Be stealthy, my friends 🙂