Archive for April, 2010

Recycle your toys …


Did you know that more than 40 million toys were thrown away last year?

And of that 40 million, 13 million toys ended up in the dustbin?

The numbers are quite incredible aren’t they? I was pretty shocked when I read them especially since I am in the toy rental space! I now realize that I have to do something about this because if toy buyers aren’t recycling their children’s toys then I can’t sell toys/Rentoys with a clear conscience.

And so this initiative was born!

So How do I Recycle toys?

When our children receive ‘new’ toys they are a source of endless fun and amusement. They’re faces light up at the prospect of something new to play with. Children don’t really care whether they’re brand new or not, they’re new to them and that’s all that matters to them.

When your child outgrows his or her toys they can then be turned into ‘new’ toys for other children who will again see them as a source of endless fun.

Instead of throwing away unbroken toys you can donate them to a good cause. You can also get your children involved by asking them to sort out what toys they don’t play with. Then come to a decision together about donating the toys. This can create the perfect chance for discussion on the environment and recycling as well as helping good causes.

Here’s what you can do –

Rentoys.in has tied up with an NGO which is a non-profit organization that has been set up with the aim of providing toys to all children.

Our aim in this is –

• To ensure that children from under privileged backgrounds receive toys as well

• To sensitize and advocate amongst individuals from all sections of society the need and importance of the right to play and the right to leisure for all children.

Send me an email at shilpa@rentoys.in and we will have the toys collected from your home for this cause!

A Book Review – Spiritual Parenting By Gopika Kapoor


Here’s a very interesting book that I read recently called “Spiritual Parenting” by Gopika Kapoor.

A child is truly life’s greatest miracle; raising a child on the other hand is possibly life’s greatest challenge. This coming from a mother of a baby all of 8months old! 🙂

Gopika Kapoor, the writer is herself a mother of twins and she shares with you what she has experienced as a parent and also the experiences of other parents that she observed.   From managing your toddler’s tantrums to advice on how to keep your little one’s birthday party fun – not just for you but for your child as well, and from suggestions on positive discipline to ideas on how to connect with your child, she provides not just solutions, but also useful tips on the common problems that every parent encounters in bringing up a Baby.

From conception to early childhood, Spiritual Parenting takes one through this journey. Combining spirituality with tried-and-tested advice, it offers really simple but effective strategies on how to bring up your children in this mad mad world that we live in – and most importantly how to keep your sanity through this all.

I think what’s important is also the fact that she not just focuses on the child but also on the parents, it is also about how to be happy parents. In her book she also shows us how to tackle the difficulties we face – both physical and emotional as parenting adults – starting from post-partum depression, sleeplessness, strains on spousal relationships, and much more.

Spiritual Parenting is truly a must read for all parents.  Do read this book and hopefully it will show you how life’s greatest challenge is also life’s greatest joys!

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