Thursday, April 7, 2016

Aren't you sick of toys???

Posable Dolls by The Professional BohemiansWe are constantly cleaning up toys... they accumulate like mad.  How many toys can one little kid have???  Multiply that one kid by four and you have armies of toys!  How can we adequately take over the world with our arms full of tangled jumbles of assorted play things that we are continuously, wearily putting away???

As much as we would like to bash American Girl Dolls and their generic stereotypical middle class smiles, we kind of love them.  As a business they have a lot of things right... one thing that we have noticed (beyond their awesome historically connected stories and girl affirming image) is that their toys are NOT cheap.  They are plastic, mass produced, China made dolls that sell as much as their Etsy, handmade counterparts.  Why is this good?  Well, we don't see them in Goodwill.  We don't see them at yard sales, in thrift stores, in (horror of all horrors) garbage bins waiting for collection.  American Girl Dolls are cherished.  Why?  Probably because Mom, or Dad, or Grandma paid a fortune for them.

Let's think about this.  If all toys were as 'valuable' as AG dolls, there would be lots of great consequences.  Parents would push their children to play with those toys, to get their money's worth.  Those toys would become beloved by their children because the children would naturally love the toys they were being encouraged to play with with and they would keep track of their 'friends' more readily, without as much prompting.  Toys would not be simply bought as spur of the moment, shut your kid up, purchases.  Landfills would see far less plastic.  There would be far fewer toys per capita and houses would become far less cluttered.

Children need toys to develop in a natural and healthy way... both mentally and physically.  Doll play, manipulatives, building toys, sports related toys- all of the different types of play that these toys encourage- make up the world of children and help facilitate their growth.

Don't get rid of toys all together.  Just be more deliberate in your choices. Have a vision for your child's environment!

* Here are some things that we have read that, though not talking about this specific topic, go hand in hand with the Philosophy.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

and also this guy, Mr. Money Mustache :)

Mr. Money Mustache Blog


Monday, February 15, 2016

In the Beginning...

The Story

In the beginning
there was only one doll.

It was made out of
old garments and new dreams.

And it was given to
the very first child.

Imagination, was a very lonely soul.
She had long held the belief that
humans could only misunderstand her
magic and refused to befriend them.
She saw the doll and the child and noticed
that they loved each other, very much.
In wonder, she watched them.  She saw that,
together, they shared stories and spun visions.
Being quite surprised, and very moved, she
decided that she would share her magic
with the world of people.
As the child grew and all humanity
embraced Imagination’s creative spirit,
Imagination issued a decree:

The Maker of Dreams,
The Birther of Visions,
The Hand of Creativity,

Does decree,

From this Day, until your Last Day,
All generations of Humankind
SHALL have imaginary friends,
                                                    The RagdOlly People!

Every single RagdOlly person or creature
holds a key to a magical world....
Every single human being, regardless of age,
                                      has the power to bring these worlds to life

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Playfulness and humor are as valuable as creativity. No?  Perhaps they are the sisters of creativity even?