There is nothing like seeing your child explore a new toy for the first time, especially ones with sensory or educational value like a play kitchen. Unfortunately for the less handy among us, the assembly process can be downright daunting and it may feel like your child will outgrow the toy before you’re done building it.
Just for fun, we’ve highlighted the 5 stages of assembling a toy kitchen. Can you identify?
Shock & Denial
You’ve opened the giant cardboard box and have dumped its contents onto your living room floor. You now find yourself surrounded with 70 unique parts and a 25-page instruction manual complete with illustrations and symbols that resemble hieroglyphics etched into the wall of a pyramid. Panic and dismay wash over you like a thick fog.
Pain & Guilt
You’ve sliced open your hand using the Allen key and your lower back is experiencing intense spasms and shooting pain. The thought of quitting has crossed your mind 12 times a minute since you started but you won’t give up because depriving your child of the chance to cook fake food using her fake kitchenware is plain unacceptable.
Anger & Bargaining
Logically you know that fighting with the kitchen won’t get you anywhere, but your frustration is at a boiling point and you can’t take it anymore. After crumpling the instruction manual in protest, you return to the half-finished kitchen and beg it for mercy in exchange for keeping your cool.
Reflection & Loneliness
It’s been four hours and you’re only half-finished. The world seems bleak and meaningless and you’re wondering if you’ll ever breathe fresh air again.
Acceptance and Hope
The kitchen is done but there are a handful of miscellaneous parts leftover and you’re pretty sure they aren’t spares. Still, you take a step back and applaud your perseverance in the face of unspeakable odds. Parenting win!