Every now and then, I think we all get the urge to get a new vehicle. We may have outgrown our old one with expanding families (that's what happened to the Elkins car!). Or, our old car may just be on its last legs -- or wheels.
It’s summer – and the children are home from school. After even a few days of “freedom,” moms and dads everywhere start hearing the familiar, high-pitched whine of summer. No, it’s not the 17-year cicadas. It’s our children declaiming loudly “I don’t have anything to do!”
But doesn’t it seem like your child has every toy under the sun? Why not play with those?
There are reasons that may explain why children don’t play with the toys that are available.
During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience. If the loss is significant it may be hard for adults to focus specifically on children because they are trying to cope with their own emotions.
Adults “match and sort” every time we do laundry. Children start learning this process during infancy, when they begin to notice which sounds they make bring an adult running to them (sounds that aren’t so effective).