Put it simply toys and personal possessions to children are what cars, wealth and properties mean to adults. A child’s individual assets such as toys, books, puzzles, board games, wardrobes and their cycles as well as scooters have a symbolic meaning to them. To children their personal collection of objects and goods represent status symbols and as they connect to them emotionally, physically and also at an egoistic level, it is normal for them to grow possessive and obsessive about them.
Attachment to their status symbols is inevitable and as parents find it challenging to wean their kids away from their status symbols some knowledge about how much investment in a child’s status symbols would always be empowering. Having too many possessions will ironically impact the child’s social development. It is erroneously believed that individual status symbols of kids would help them to lead a happier life!
However, research has proved that children engaging with toys and their status symbols most of the time in an indoor environment will have reduced social skills and it affects their physical activities as well.
Applying Discretion While Investing in Status Symbols
Needless to say children having far too many acquisitions or status symbols are believed to lose out to their friends in the long run. They are eventually going to lose their edge to peers with relatively healthier interests or hobbies.
Don’t Buy Everything that Your Neighbour Purchases – We should never be buying things out of peer pressure. Look at the individual temperament and requirements of your child and your own personal budget before making a purchase.
Understand that Less is More – There are several kids who are happier with fewer possessions and assets. Instead of whiling away their time with their personal possessions, they prefer to engage in physical activities by enrolling in various activity clubs and pursuing academics and excellence quite early in their childhood.
Take to Outdoors – Some children detest spending time indoors and playing with their status symbols most of the time. They are not eager to engage in mindless and indiscriminate buying of assets, rather they prefer to spend time in the parks meeting their friends, socialising with them and also making productive use of their time by playing together as well as by constructively engaging in physical activities.
Recognise Socialising Children – There are some kids who enjoy socialising with their peers so much so that their parents would often organise playdates for them to share and enjoy games together!