I have two very small adorable children and the one thing I can’t stand is that kids come with stuff… Lots of stuff. I dread the holiday’s because of all the extra toys I have to find a place for in my house. I’m a working mom; finding time to clean my house is hard enough. I want to spend as little time as possible on picking up and storing toys.
I don’t know about you but each of my kids get at least 10 gifts per holiday. The poor little things almost seem overwhelmed with the vast amount never actually realizing what they've got. I started to notice that my oldest son would play with something for 5 minutes then move on to the next toy. He didn't really cherish any of his possessions just use them and throw them away… disposable. It was a mind set I really didn't want him to get used to. If he felt that his toys were disposable what next?
This Holiday season I've decided to do something differently. I've opened up the dialogue with our families about the needless, endless supply of presents. I've asked them to give each of my children just one gift, a group gift would be even better. It doesn't even have to be an item, maybe even a trip to the movies, or snowboarding. Something that is meaningful to them and my child, quality not quantity. If after that they would still like to get them something else I've provided them with the account numbers for my children’s RESPs. Think about it, In 20 years when my oldest graduates from University or College debt free because of the money our family saved for his education will he be thinking about the Lightning McQueen toy he got for his 5th birthday or the incredible gift he just received from everyone that loves him.