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A Few Things I’m Learning From My Kids’ Confiscated Toys

IMG_2409Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic toy weapons. What do all of the things in this picture have in common?

Taken together, they look like either (a) the evidence room in the kid version of a hard-hitting cop drama, or (b) they’re waiting to board a boat heading for the “Island of Misfit Toys.” But the truth is they’re actually all items that my wife and I had recently confiscated from our three kids, who range from 5 to 9 years old.

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been there. The kids are fighting, or they’re not listening, or they’ve unleashed enough raging chaos that you fear for your hearing and/or sanity. You eventually diagnose that the problem is related in some meaningful way to a particular object. And since you’re determined to prevent your home for descending into a real-life version of Lord of the Flies, you decide to remove the object from the equation.