I feel like the stuff is taking over my life and possibly leading my children to believe that they can have whatever they want whenever thus leading to ... brats.
We have been blessed with friends and relatives who like to buy for the girls. We like to buy things for them. But when you start adding it up, there becomes a gluttony of toys that no one child could possibly play with regularly.
We have two toy boxes and multiple bins full of toys, most of which haven't seen the light of day for quite awhile. The husband I got sick of picking up the village of Little People toys - barn, house, amusement park, nativity scene - that we packed them all away. I don't think Peanut even noticed.
My mother-in-law (my lovely mother-in-law who has been so helpful in the past few weeks, watching the girls for us) and I were talking this morning about all of the toys. She loves buying for the girls, especially since she had three boys, but she said that she doesn't remember having so many dolls and other things as a kid. I don't either.
I could go into a rant about how kids are targeted by marketing, creating little gimme, gimme, gimme beings. But we also bear some responsibility. We don't always have to say "yes" when they want.
I want to change the path we are on. I don't want our house overtaken by plastic play things that are pulled out of the box only to be played with once or twice and shoved into the depths of a closet or toy box.
I started thinking about alternative gifts for the girls. Things like experience gifts, such as zoo passes or children's museum passes. We live within 90 minutes of two wonderful zoos, have a great children's museum 20 minutes away and another two near the zoos.
I also like the idea of magazine subscriptions. It's the gift that keeps on giving and I won't feel so bad throwing them in the recycling bin or using them for craft time.
Do you ever feel like your kids have too much? What about alternative gift ideas?