Toy hangover

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Christmas has come and gone and now we’re dealing with a massive toy hangover.  My daughters got so many presents toys that they’re walking around the house now dazed and confused.  It’s so overwhelming, even for me.  They’re jumping from one toy to the other while I’m running after them to clean up after each toy they dumped on the carpet before they move on to the next.  It’s crazy over here and I’m not even innocent to the crime of toy overload.  I’m guilty as heck.  I wanted to firmly stay at a two present limit per child, but I went completely over that limit.  I went totally mad, with happiness of course, when I saw this at www.walmart.com:

supermario5pack

Set of 5 plush dolls of Mario and company

My oldest daughter just got introduced to Mario, so when I saw this I knew she would love these little plush guys and boy did she ever.  I almost bought them individually until I spotted the set, which saved me a lot of money.  I simply couldn’t resist myself and when I told my husband, he certainly didn’t put a stop to my craziness.  In fact, he said, “I’m not going to deny them anything,” so we’re both guilty.

I’m seeking a new plan and some major will power for next year.  Also, I need to include books in their wish list, which I did this year, but nobody gifted.  I’m going to have to emphasize this to family members that books are great gifts as well.  Yes, most kids don’t want to unwrap clothes and other stuff that’s not toys, but we have to try to change that.  I’m trying to teach my girls to appreciate any gift that’s given and not to compare how many each one gets or if one is better than the other.  It really bothers me when I see kids not being appreciative or whining that they want more gifts.  I also understand that I do create this sort of attitude by supplying all of these gifts so I’m definitely going to scale back for next year.

So no more crazy, toy madness.  I’m going to take some inventory and try to place my children in an environment that’s not over stimulating, even though I created it.  Ouch, that reality does hurt me.  My solution for now is going to be to put away some old toys while they’re playing with the new ones, give away toys they’ve out grown, for example the baby puzzles with the pegs on them (I have a stack of those that need to be given to new babies) and read, read, read a lot of books.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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5 thoughts on “Toy hangover

  1. First, of all I am so mad I didn’t see the Mario brothers plush toy set. I bought two of those plush toys for my nephew who loves plush toys and the Mario brothers…oh well, sigh! On another note, I too, was overwhelmed with the amount of gifts my kids received this year. There are so many toys, they haven’t even been able to play with most. It’s such an overwhelming blessing. I am so grateful for it all. Now I have to sort through toys they’ve outgrown and give them away. Plus, I wish I had an extra room to make a play room cause picking up toys is another job in itself. The older they get, the smaller the pieces. Well, Merry Christmas.

    • Sorry you didn’t see the set and you’re so right about the older they get, the smaller the pieces. Sophia got a Lego Duplo set, which I put on her list (GUILTY), and all those pieces are currently on the floor. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  2. I hear what you are saying about the lack of appreciation. Both of my boys had some meltdown moments this holiday season. As if they are not getting many fun toys – way more than they need. Come on now.

    • I didn’t get any meltdowns, but my daughter started keeping count of how many gifts she was receiving against how many her sister was getting and that surprised me. She also mentioned how one gift that her sister got was better than hers and I didn’t like that so I had a chat with her that it was very impolite to think that way and to appreciate what she received no matter what. We have to teach them early on or else it becomes too late.

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