How much money for kids to destroy stuff?
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January 27, 2014 3:31 pm at 3:31 pm #611980popa_bar_abbaParticipant
The gemara (78b) says rabbah used to buy cheap keilim for his kids to break, because kids like to break things.
How much money do you think is appropriate to spend on this? Is it better to just let them break the ugly vase someone gave you that you never use?January 27, 2014 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #1004092Avram in MDParticipant
Is it better to just let them break the ugly vase someone gave you that you never use?
Nope, I’d argue that it’s better to get them something cheap to play with or break. Otherwise, reasoning that you also never use it, they may break the other ugly vase someone gave you that is priceless.January 27, 2014 7:20 pm at 7:20 pm #1004093oyyoyyoyParticipant
be mehader. shlish.January 28, 2014 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #1004094
Buy them the cheapest or the most satisfying.January 28, 2014 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #1004095Rebbe YidParticipant
Recent story out of China that kids were being given books to rip up, wound up ripping up the parents’ cash.January 28, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm #1004096mobicoParticipant
I never throw away broken appliances or other things that can be taken apart. I even haul some broken things in from the dumpster. I give these things to my kids with screwdrivers and hammers and pliers etc. They can be solidly occupied for hours with them. And I don’t think that the concern that they will destroy valuable items is too great. Just make sure that boundaries are clear. Obviously, with two-year-olds (such as the one in China), all bets are off.January 28, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm #1004097funnyboneParticipant
Did these kids really have such big anger issues? Was it just a way of playing?January 29, 2014 12:17 am at 12:17 am #1004098Charles ShortMember
Beware; @mobico, capacitors in appliances may hold lethal charge even when not connected to a power source.January 30, 2014 1:10 am at 1:10 am #1004099ItcheSrulikMember
popa: Buy them tools. Then they can break your cheap things and fix your expensive things. Or sometimes the other way around. Whatever. (Disclaimer: This post was almost entirely serious).February 6, 2014 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #1004100
No, buy them china.February 6, 2014 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #1004101🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
Give them the advertisements left by your front door. At least they should come to some use…February 6, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm #1004102
Some of us use those as kindling.February 7, 2014 2:56 am at 2:56 am #1004103MomofsixMember
I used to give my daughter a cheap box if tissues and let her pull out one by one early in the morning. It got me an extra half hour to forty five minutes of sleep …February 7, 2014 4:52 am at 4:52 am #1004104ronrsrMember
When I was a teenager, I volunteered at a recycling depot. I got to spend many satisfying mornings smashing bottles in a dumpster with an iron pipe. Got out most of my aggressions that way.February 18, 2014 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm #1004105
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