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Putting a dollhouse together

Uploaded: Aug 31, 2016
As a kid, I remember spending a lot of time playing with my dollhouses. They were extra special to me because my grandfather made them.

We recently bought our daughter a dollhouse. Although I knew it would be a lot easier for me to assemble this dollhouse compared to all of the gluing and painting that my grandfather did, I was still not looking forward to putting it together.

When our daughter was napping yesterday, I realized that our son would probably enjoy helping me put the dollhouse together. We bought a very simple dollhouse, so he could help me read the directions, find the correct pieces, turn the screws, and get the dollhouse ready for his sister. What a wonderful memory! I know our daughter won't yet understand that her brother helped assemble her dollhouse, but his hard work makes this dollhouse a little extra special.
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Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Sep 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

The funny thing about little kids is you can't orchestrate what they will remember or what they will treasure. I remember my favorite doll which I took everywhere with me and then broke. I got a replacement as closely resembling the broken doll which I just ignored and looking back I now remember all my other dolls much more than the replacement.

The things my older children remember and treasure from their preschool years are not the ones I expected. When it is time to throw some old or broken toys out, I am more emotionally connected to some of their choices they are willing to let go and completely surprised by those they are determined to keep. I keep pictures of the toys going, possibly for me rather than for them, but I have them to show one day perhaps.

Anyway, good luck with the doll house - for both your kids.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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Mother of 4 - Thanks for commenting! Yes, it is interesting to see what toys grab a kid's interest. Sometimes it is definitely a surprise.


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