A Blogger’s Child. Spoilt or Lucky?

A Blogger’s Child. Spoilt or Lucky?

Before I started blogging back in 2015, I had no idea about doing reviews. Being sent things to write about them and take pictures? I didn’t have a clue. Did I ever think I would have spoilt kids from blogging when I started? Not at all.

Even now if I think back, I can’t remember what the first thing I reviewed! Possibly some protein drinks and yes, I never asked if there was budget!

I started blogging just to write and as the years passed I started being offered more and more stuff. I’ve had some great opportunities: vacuums, carpet cleaners, gifts for Christmas, a pressure cooker and toys…lots of toys!!

girl playing with baby annabell pram

Initially with toys I used to dismiss them. The gremlin was a bit young and I didn’t think worth for her. However, as she has got older, I’ve realised toys can be brilliant around Christmas time, as I barely have to buy anything. This saves us so much money and I’m proud the blog can do this for us. Also, the reviews can be fabulous for traffic from Google. With over 1.1k views this Christmas Day, mainly from toy reviews via Google, I know they can be fabulous for traffic.

But, there’s always a but!

Are all these toy reviews good for the gremlin? As this post asks, as a blogger’s child. Is she lucky or is she spoilt?

I’ll be honest, I sometimes think both. For little Piglet her main few presents from me came from the blog. A pram and two Peppa Pig toys. She has played with them and loved them on Christmas Day. This was great! For the gremlin, she had a couple of things from the blog and honestly? She’s not been fussed by them, being most excited for the presents she asked for or I chose. I was also glad to see at Christmas she has been very grateful for all her gifts and gone back and opened each one and played, especially any crafts or dolls.

girls playing with buzz and woody

Christmas isn’t the issue really though. It’s the toys she gets throughout the year too. Granted it’s not all year but approaching the Christmas period, there can be a lot. Often she reviews the toy and either her sister is more interested or they are put to one side after a bit. Of course I worry that she is just getting too used to getting new things and is a bit spoilt. We don’t tend to buy her anything during the year, apart from books and clothes but still!

I find it really hard!! I know to people reading the blog or following us on social media, the amount of things I can promote can be a little obscene! I don’t necessarily think I have to defend myself here, as the blog is almost my second job and if a review will benefit it or there is earning potential, I will take it. However, I can understand the thoughts around the girls getting a LOT of stuff!

Are they lucky? Hell yes! The gremlin has got to try out some top toys in her time – Luvabella, Hatchimals Hatchibabies and Poopsie Slime and yes she’s loved it but should she get to keep them all after? Possibly not.

What I have started doing is giving more away. If she is reviewing a toy and we get more than one pack, we either pass to a friend or give away as presents. I’m thinking I will do that more often. She’s very good at this and does understand she can’t have it all.

I’m also thinking of telling her she’s more of a ‘toy tester’ and unless she really adores something, either selling or giving it away. And there is of course respecting what the gremlin wants to do! She may not want to be involved and have pictures taken at some point.

I love trying out new toys myself! It’s exciting and fun and I enjoyed watching her and taking the pictures. I know I will want to keep up with them this 2019.

So I’ll definitely be more mindful and what we keep. I’ll definitely be telling the gremlin she won’t be keeping it all and the reasons why. I’ll also be respecting her decisions and asking her about potential reviews and making her aware which toys we will be passing on.

girl playing with Poopsie slime

As a blogger and mum there is always going to be that fine line between trying out so many new toys, and of course I’m so grateful for that, and having a child who is a bit spoilt.

If you’re a blogger reading this what do you think and what do you do?

If you’re not a blogger what do you think? Would love to know.

a blogger's child. Spoilt or lucky

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7 Comments

  1. January 11, 2019 / 10:26 am

    It’s a difficult one. Personally I think the girls are lucky that they have hard working parents to get them nice toys etc. Just like yourself. Great read Sarah x

    • January 11, 2019 / 5:21 pm

      I agree with Nige. Great post! X

      • RunJumpScrap
        Author
        January 13, 2019 / 8:23 pm

        Thanks lots x

  2. January 11, 2019 / 11:02 am

    Great post! I’d say lucky rather than spoilt, but I decline a lot of offers for fear of them ending up with too many and taking it all for granted. At the moment, my three are very unassuming and the older two seem to understand that it’s not normal to get toys at random times of year – I hope they stay that way! 🙂

  3. January 11, 2019 / 11:39 am

    I know what you mean! I don’t do many toy reviews but we do a lot of theatre and days out reviews, restaurant reviews and have had a few weekends away etc. We are very lucky to get all of this, and I tell my children all the time how fortunate they are. Last year I explained to them that I wanted us to do something positive for people less fortunate than us and so as a family we took part in several running events and raised £800 (and a lot of awareness through the blog) for a local hospice. It was a good chance to talk to them about how we must always do things to help others and it’s a way of giving back for all the privileges we get from the blog. We are going to be doing similar this year.

  4. Vikki Sanderson
    January 11, 2019 / 11:40 am

    I feel that spoilt is the attitude of the child, not whether they get lots of toys or not. If the child is still grateful and thankful for what they get then that’s not being spoilt.
    As for lucky…surely it’s the perks of the job? I’m not a blogger but I can imagine it’s not easy and to make it work as an income you have to work incredibly hard.
    Children benefit from the perks of their parent’s jobs all the time, why shouldn’t bloggers kids?

  5. January 11, 2019 / 12:36 pm

    I have this thought too, as a blogger I think my children are lucky rather than spoilt. I often get a sibling to play with an item for the review and then keep it for their brother or sister for birthday/christmas and I have given a few unloved things away too. I used to accept nearly everything in the early days but now I only accept the things I know my children will like and play with as they do have quite a bit. I often do toy clearouts for charity too.

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