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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Aspects of parenting I did not previously imagine

This is a real thing I am now researching because Goomba shows incipient interest in her daycare's version of it. It's really hard to believe how much effort has been put into making unimaginably detailed and realistic "pretend" versions of stuff like cooking utensils. It seems like you could give your kids most of the real versions of these things to play with for a lot less money. Maybe not knives, but most kitchen stuff is pretty innocuous. And at some point of realism, will the distinction between the pretend and real versions dissolve, so that adults will use the pretend plastic cutting board while the kids play pretend with the real plastic cutting board?

6 comments:

Alex said...

I remember enjoying these kinds of pretend adult chores at childrens' museums (also grocery shopping!), but it seems like a lot of stuff to keep in your house.

I did have an easy bake oven, which I'm sure I operated before I was safely supposed to, but I remember as a very young child, I would wake up, melt myself a cheese sandwich in my EBO, and pop a video in the VCR, and entertain myself for quite a while before my parents woke up. The reason I would wake my mom up before that was because I was hungry.

Miss Self-Important said...

"It seems like a lot of stuff to keep in your house."
You may find yourself thinking this a lot soon. But the amount of stuff will still grow and grow...


I hope my child is so enterprising one day, so I can sleep past 5:30.

Alex said...

You mean, people will not listen to my request to only give gifts in the form of 529 contributions?

Me too! It's probably easier with no stairs and a much laxer approach to safety restrictions and screen time limitations.

Miss Self-Important said...

Other people won't even be the problem. It will be you and your children. Your need for them to play with things that are not knives or other sharp objects, their need to play ALL THE TIME. You will wish other people could fill more of the domestic demand for stuff, like they did before your children were able to even make demands. (Poor timing!)

Yeah, but you must have been old enough to climb stairs anyway if you could already figure out how to operate a VCR?

educatedwhinge said...

My wife wants to get one of these play kitchens as soon as our daughter is old enough to use one. We have a friend who has one, and it's very cute. Her kids "cook dinner with mom" but without actually making a huge food mess.

Miss Self-Important said...

"Old enough to use one" is a vague criterion, especially the understanding of "use" implied in it. My daughter has a set of plastic foods which she "uses" by repeatedly biting them as if they were real and getting frustrated when she discovers the truth.