It's Your Child's Birthday--Now Assemble the Toys

It's Your Child's Birthday--Now Assemble the Toys
Follow Liz Lampkin on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin.

Parental Quick Guide to Toy Assembly Sanity

By Liz Lampkin

After your child’s birthday party, you will be challenged with the task of putting together most or all of the wonderful gifts your child received.

There will be complicated written instructions with these toys that will say the toy only takes a certain amount of time to assemble—or my personal favorite—there will be no written instructions at all and you must assemble the toys with complicated diagrams.

 For all the parents who have the privilege of assembling birthday gifts but aren’t savvy in putting gadgets and toys together like me, here are a few words of advice to help you keep your sanity and still enjoy your child’s birthday.

1. Get some rest before you start. I know it will be late and you’re trying to surprise your child/ren with their gifts ready for use before they wake up, but make sure you get some rest before you start so you can assemble things the way they should be. This will also decrease your level of frustration during the process.

2. Be patient with yourself and the toy. Putting toys, gadgets and other contraptions together for a birthday party is not everyone’s gift so if you can’t assemble things together as quickly as you would like just don’t worry about it. Take some time and move according to a pace that won’t stress you out. And if all else fails, leave the toy in the box and assemble it with your child after the party.

3. Read and familiarize yourself with all of the directions! Don’t simply look at the picture and convince yourself that don’t need the directions because you do…and guess what, the manufacturer knew you needed them that’s why they put them in the box.

4. Make sure you have everything you need beforehand for assembly. Having everything you need right at your fingertips will save you time and frustration when assembling the toys.  Take note, you can only know exactly what you need to put certain things together if you…read all of the instructions!

 

5. Don’t flip out if you don’t use all the parts. This has happened to me a number of times when assembling things for my child and I couldn’t understand why. So I figured as long as the toy wasn’t falling apart, nothing sharp was sticking out and my son was happy with it everything was alright.

6. Don’t feel bad if things don’t turn out the way you anticipated. Things go wrong with toys and gadgets all the time, but if you made a conscious effort from your heart your work will show it and your child will see it.

Birthdays come but once a year and as parents we must do the very best we can to see the priceless smiles on the faces of our children–without losing our sanity!

Liz Lampkin is a woman of God, Educator, Speaker, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, and Encourager living in purpose on purpose. Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin
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