How to Deal with Children Who Destroy Their Toys: 5 Steps
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Broken toys are a part of growing up.

It comes with the territory: kids are hard on stuff. As with so much in life, they are going to learn some lessons the hard way, such as when you destroy your toys, they are gone forever. As long as your child isn't taking tips from Sid in "Toy Story," you don't need to be too disturbed by the destruction. Just set some rules, and follow through on your consequences.


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    Go over the instructions and proper care of each toy when it's purchased. Let your child know that this is his property, and he is responsible for taking care of it. If the toy breaks, you will not be purchasing another. Hold him accountable for his actions, just as you are accountable for yours. If you break your smartphone, you have to work to buy a replacement. The same rules apply to your child.
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    Discuss with your child how much things cost. Before gifting your child with something expensive and hard to replace, such as a laptop or high-tech gadget, explain that it's a luxury item and so extra care and attentiveness will be expected. Make it known that there should no food or drinks around, and the device should be put away properly in an agreed-upon spot. Give your child an opportunity to be responsible, and make her accountable for any mishaps.
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    Space out new purchases carefully, so that your child knows a broken toy will not be immediately replaced. Having your child wait a bit longer for a new toy may cause her to take better care of it, knowing that the next one will be harder to come by if it's broken.
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    Look into the deeper meaning behind your child's destructive behavior. If you notice that he has a tendency to destroy toys and is not doing it for creative purposes, consider whether he's seeking attention, or is frustrated and demolishing his toys as a way to release his emotions. Talk to your child about it and see if you can find out why he feels the need to be so destructive.
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    Understand that, as careful as you are and as careful as your child tries to be, there will be casualties. Toys do break by accident. Be forgiving. Not every incident is a cause for concern. It is your job as a parent to determine which behaviors need more monitoring and correction.

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