I know- I could hear the shrieks of anxiety through my computer from yesterday's post. I didn't mean to cause any mass confusion or anything!
First of all, if you have toys that were listed as recalled, I definitely advise that you do according to what the manufacturer suggests- take those offending toys away! But, as for the rest of the toys made in China (hello, that would be pretty much all our toys) use your best judgment.
And if you are throwing anything out, please be as "green" as possible and wise about how you are going about things...
I know my kids and I know that they play with probably 3 or 4 types of toys out of the gazillion trillion they have in the playroom. This is unnecessary and makes my tummy ache. What are we teaching them? In this area, toy recall or not, I had to make a change.
The playroom, by the way, is also where my computer is. This is where all the magic happens, my dear blog friends. And by clearing out all the excess, I can actually breathe better in here.
I am very concerned about the existing toys we have that are China-made, but I also do not want to traumatize my children by taking away all their favorite things. That might be worse than lead poisoning.
I'm taking some time to really think about what I want to do next. I do think I may get some lead testing kits for some of the toys my boys still want to play with. You can purchase them at most any hardware store, I'm told, and also a good friend of mine sent me this helpful link with the best priced lead kits I've seen online.
I plan to make better choices regarding all toy purchases in the future, and am having talks with family. We're already discussing Christmas and making some really good plans. I'll be gathering my thoughts about ways to have a home-made Christmas and some good ideas for frugal shopping in general.
Maybe I'll set a date for everyone to link up and participate, so start thinking. I know it's only August, but Walgreens has Halloween stuff out already. It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas- especially if you're going to be making stuff. Oh, and aside from knitting, I'm not crafty, so all the ideas I'll have will be for everyone and will require no skills, really.
Did I overreact to the toy recalls? I don't think so. I have found the blog Not Made In China very helpful at this time- they are staying very up to date with everything and even have lists of toys made in the USA.
I really do hope that parents will see this as a wake up call. Time to read the labels and stay informed, people! The only way to make a positive change is to do something about it... and that's what I'm intending to do.