The following is a Boston.com readers' query during a Q&A on Monday with Child Caring writer Barbara Meltz:
Question: My 5-year-old daughter had a bonanza this Christmas. We have a big family and it seems every aunt, uncle, cousin and more gave her something. What can we do to deal with this oversupply of toys?
Barbara Meltz: Herbie, With toys, more is definitely less. When there's too much too choose from, kids this age (well, almost any age) get overwhelmed and can't focus on any one thing.
Decide which ones she's most interested in at the moment, and then put the other ones away in a closet to pull one -- one at a time -- when she's ready to move on. When the time comes, it will be like getting a new toy all over again. Considering her age or older, be sure to do this in consultation with her.
At first, there may be a tendency to want to pull out the next toy fairly quickly, but that's OK, that will pass and then iit will be like having her own private toy store. Plus, you can put away toys that she's not quite ready for developmentally.
Speaking of toys, does anyone have feedback on toys you gave or that your kids received that you would/wouldn't recommend?
Too many toys -- what advice would you give this parent? Give away a toy to a charity? Try to return a few? Have your say in our comments section -- and check out the following Child Caring questions from readers: