Herald Sun (Aust) December 16, 2009
CHILDREN are being spoilt with too many toys, parenting experts warn. Leading psychologists say well-meaning mums and dads are breeding a handout mentality in kids as young as three. They say the mountain of toys can stifle creativity and lead to children missing out on learning important values. Too many parents are caught up in the myth that materialism buys happiness, clinical psychologist Renee Mill said. “It is far more important for children to feel related to, loved and remembered than overloaded with toys,” Ms Mill said. Research shows some parents are buying toys all year round to reward better school performance and as bribes for good behaviour.