I am a horrible mama. I buy my child toys that are outside of his age range. I know, I know... I should have my mama license taken away. The thing is... all of the cool toys are 3+. In fact it seems like ALL of the toys are 3+! I know that's not the case, but when I am eyeing a toy for my little guy it really seems that way. For the record... he's 20 months old. Very few of his toys are actually 3+ and the ones that are can only be played with while me or daddy are with him. That makes it OK, right? Some toys are obviously beyond his age, like the fridge magnets (even though they are oversized and do not fit through a paper towel tube, which is another one of his toys). Those had to be taken away again because he derives great joy from swiping them all off the fridge at once, sending them all crashing to the floor. If anyone's seen my kitchen, then they know what the problem with this is (imagine a kitchen the size of a postage stamp). The other thing I'm guilty of is turning things that aren't otherwise toys into toys. Typically this means tupperware, measuring cups, collanders, wooden spoons... that type of thing. I can't be the only mama who does this. Is that a bad idea simply because these things don't even come with an age range on them? In the end I figure that although the chances for disaster are potentially raised by offering my child toys they are not recommended to use, this increase in danger is mitigated by active and engaged parental involvement. Does that count?