Too Much Stuff
Today I just want to comment on how frustrating it is that Americans have so much stuff. I'm guilty just like everyone else. With little children, the enormity of the problem grows. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could go back to the days of simplicity, where a child had a few toys to treasure and no more? The sheer abundance of little pieces, corporately marketed characters, "learning" toys, etc, etc, makes a child less likely to appreciate the finer things in life.
So one of my tasks in the new year will be to routinely usher out the doo-dads that are not adding to the enjoyment or growth of my children (most certainly including the ones that I trip on!).
Maybe with the economy on the decline, fewer people will be buying cheap toys from China. That would definitely be a good thing!
My only complaint is who to give this stuff to? I know of no truly needy people. I reluctantly donate to places like Goodwill knowing that many of the shoppers are affluent ebayers hoping to make a profit off of their rummaging. I wish I could ship some of our toys to truly needy children overseas.