Mom Confession: I Let My Toddler Throw Toys


It's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I let my 2-year-old throw toys. Sometimes I don't see the harm, and I want to pick my battles. But I want to know if I'm alone in thinking this.


Do you let your toddler throw toys?

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Agent... AgentBrez

i agree we need to pick our battles but i am trying to teach my kids [3 and 21 months] not to throw toys. they could hurt someone and they need to know to treat their toys and books nicely b/c if they dont they could break and then they won't have them anymore. my 3 yr old sometimes throws her toys if she is mad so i am teaching her that is a not a proper way to handle her anger/frustration.

aiden... aidensmomma508

i think i clicked no but i meant to click yes in the poll.

my son has a throwing obsession.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I don't. I can see where sometimes it feel so insignificant, whats the harm in a two year old throwing his stuffed animal, right? Well, it's not so fun when he chucks his hot wheels at your head or tries to throw his book threw the T.V.

At this age consistency is key. It can be confusing to say 'Oh well you can throw this but not this this, this and this..oh yeah and you can't throw that either!' or 'Well you can throw your toy's HERE, but you can't throw them three feet from that spot.' So at this age, for the sake of sanity and the preservation of my household, no throwing toys, period.

I also think that it helps them learn respect for their possessions, but we'll just have to wait and see on that one!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Absolutely NOT okay.  Sure, it's a soft stuffed animal now that's bouncing harmlessly off the couch, but what about when it's NOT something soft, or they hit someone in the head?  What about when they're at school or daycare or a restaurant?

No, it's really not okay.  Teach them when throwing IS appropriate.  If your child throws a stuffed toy inside, take it and tell them, "No sweetie, we do not throw toys in the house.  If you'd like to throw things we can go outside and play catch."  Teach your child how to play appropriately.

Fallaya Fallaya

I tied a string around one of my 18 month old's soft toys, and threw it around like a ball.  She had a blast!  I think it's appropriate because it's MY home and MY rules.   When you have an antsy kid stuck inside on a cold winter's day, you have to learn to improvise and let down your guard!  :-)

toria... toriandgrace

Nope. I teach my three year old to treat toys respectfully. If she throws her toys or steps on them, she will not have them anymore. I have a friend who has an opposite philosophy. She says they're his toys, he can do what he wants to with them. I guess it's just different parenting techniques.

RanaA... RanaAurora

toriandgrace, just wait until your friend is upset because her kid breaks an expensive, nice toy.  She'll sing a different tune. ;)

falle... fallenangel40

sometimes with 2 toddlers you just have to pick your battles

RanaA... RanaAurora

I would think preventing children from throwing things would be a battle you'd want to pick.  :)

sodapple sodapple

i click no, mainly because i feel that if i let my now 3 year old throw toys around and one day will be outside at a friends or family house and she does that and hurts someone i'll be the one to blame specially if it is a smaller kid. i have a neighbor who is almost 3 years old and his mom allows him to throw toys around and just today we took care of him for a few minutes and he almost hit my dauther on the head with a plastic plate, she laughed it off but it wasn't funny on my side, then she wanted to do that as well and i didn't let her. same thing goes for bitting, i don't allow her and i don't allow other kids to do that as well, at least not under my roof.

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