There comes a time in a child's life when toys no longer appeal to them.
I have discovered this as my children have aged and my daughter has absolutely no interest in dolls, leaving me to ponder...what do I get her if not a doll?
My oldest son, too, no longer is of the age where toys hold his interest.
As a parent it becomes frustrating at Christmas and when planning for birthdays.
I can't always afford the latest electronics or games. I have to become creative, especially because I enjoy helping my children learn and explore their world.
Now, the youngest at 9-years-old, doesn't want tools or cars, which places me at a loss. I miss those easy days of shopping.
I know the older two children would be quite satisfied if they receive books this coming Christmas. They have both become avid readers and have specific authors they enjoy.
The youngest hasn't yet found a book that holds his interest, although the desire to read is prevalent (so says his teacher). It is quite a quandary I find myself in when it comes to selecting a Christmas gift for him.
He has recently developed an interest in card games, but that requires others to willingly participate.
Maybe he would enjoy a new soccer ball. That will provide him the opportunity to play outside with his friends.
Whatever the case, I can only think the mass marketing geniuses out there need to do more to address the need for balance between the computer age and keeping children active as I find myself running out of gift options.
Whatever the case for any parent, it is about developing the interests of the individual child that leads us to search for that perfect gift.
All I can say to parents like me is, "Happy Hunting Season."