Susan R. Johnson, M.D., author of Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children's Minds, has the following advice for parents who want to see their children develop well without TV.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you were rich and you could buy anything that your heart desires without getting into debt? But then again the rich also get into debt. So what it all boils down to is perhaps not so much how much you have as how you manage to do with what you have.
"TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind, he can no longer understand a fantasy, a fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze!"
— An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964.
Toys and children are inseparable. But while they are your child's best friends, they can also be your child's worst enemy — that is, if you pick the wrong playthings (eg: toys with small parts that can detach from the toy and pose a choking hazard, or those with sharp edges that can cut and bruise).
If you're shopping for toys as a gift for a child, here are some things to keep in mind: