“Toys are wonderful, but what does it all mean?
Do I have to like it to be loved?”
The question was posed in an essay published in the November issue of the journal The Hill.
The Hill writer asked, “What are the qualities of the toy that you enjoy and want to nurture in your children?
What are the unique aspects of a toy that make it unique?”
The answer came from a series of interviews with parents, teachers and other experts who are all very much into the toy industry.
I asked three of them for their picks of the most important things that parents and children can look for when shopping for toys and what to look for in a toy.
“My favorite thing about toys is that it’s a little bit like watching the universe unfold,” said Jessica DeWitt, a former educator who now teaches in the Chicago Public Schools.
“There’s a lot of things that can happen with a piece of art that you can’t see with a mirror.
You can’t really see what it is or how it moves.”
DeWits mother, who was a teacher before she started teaching, said she looks for a toy “that’s a reflection of her or of my own personality.”
De Witt, who is a certified child and family therapist, said that she “loves to create the perfect little girl doll.”
“My mom always used to say, ‘If you have the right set of hands, you can do anything.’
So I really enjoy creating the perfect doll.
It’s very rewarding to be able to do it in my head.”
De Witt said that if she were to look at a toy, “I would have an idea of what it was designed to do.
I would know what it’s supposed to do, and I would have a lot more confidence in that.”
“It doesn’t matter if the toy is a baby or a toddler, a puppy or a wolf, a tiger or a bear,” De Wits mother said.
“If it’s something that looks like me, then it has the potential to be my friend.
It has the capacity to be a part of my life.
And when I create that connection with it, I can be very proud of it.”
“Toy” also has the ability to inspire.
De Wets mother, whose name is Katie, said, “There is a reason that dolls have so many names, because it’s just the best word for it.
Toys are not toys.
They have an essence to them.”
“They can do a lot, they can be really fun, and they’re also very much about me,” DeWitte said.
The third expert I interviewed, and one who specializes in toy-related psychology, said toys are “toys of all kinds, but most importantly, they are fun.”
“I think it’s really important that kids understand that a toy is an extension of who they are, and what they want to express in their lives,” said Susan A. Koehler, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
“You can find lots of things in a doll that they want, and a lot that they don’t want.
But toys can also be a way of expressing that, and it’s about connecting with that.
If I’m playing with a doll, that is a very different experience than if I’m in a house.”
She said toys can help kids connect to their own personalities and feelings.
“It can be fun, but it can also make them feel more isolated and alone.
It can be about a feeling of being out of touch with the world.
It will bring you to tears when you open the box and you find out you are not part of it,” Koeppers said.
As with the others, the answers varied.
One mother said she “gets very upset” when she realizes that her child doesn’t like a particular toy.
For example, “a big toy that is made out of Lego or other kinds of stuff is a toy of all the things I want to do and don’t know I want.
The little doll that I love to play with is the doll that doesn’t really mean anything to me.
It is just a toy,” said Jennifer C. Smith, a parent from San Antonio, Texas.
She said she can be “truly frustrated” when a toy doesn’t work for her child.
“A lot of times, I will have to tell my child, ‘You can’t play with that toy,’ and she will cry.
It makes me feel sad because I can’t do it myself.”
The mother of a 2-year-old boy said, “[He] likes that I don’t have to play a game or go to the bathroom.
He loves to have something to play.
He’s very creative.
He has the patience to do things that no one else can do.
He enjoys playing with his own toys.”
For many parents, there is a clear distinction