We have continued the deep cleaning that we started for vacation and today we tackled the toy room.
I just have to say it was one of the most depressing things I have done since we got home.
The kids are so hard on their toys, on the furniture, on absolutely everything down there.
Luckily I don't have to look at it very often, but getting down there and cleaning with the kids is a must if I actually want it to be cleaned.
Part of the problem is me.
I love to buy the kids things. I really do.
My parents often showed love by purchasing us things that we really wanted, and consequently, that is one of the ways in which I both feel and express my own love.
However, as a result, I think that the kids don't really appreciate the things that they have and I am feeling pretty depressed about it.
So...I am thinking that we need to have a material free Christmas.
Honestly, the only thing that comes to mind is that if they don't get as much stuff, maybe they will grow the appreciate what they have.
I am not saying that we don't have Christmas and that they don't get a few well chosen presents, but I definitely think no toys. Perhaps maybe an experience instead.
I don't know.
Do your children value their possessions?
How do you engender this feeling?
What are your thoughts?
Any ideas for Christmas?