Question: I’m a mom of 4 and we are far from minimalists, though it would be a dream to make a move in that direction. We have a ton of family, and they all love to lavish my children with gifts: Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving they find any reason to buy my kids MORE. I’ve politely asked them not to, I’ve moaned and groaned behind their backs and even tossed and donated much of it. But I feel guilty, because family comes over a lot and my children tell on me, and family notices some how in our sea of toys that their most recent gift cannot be located. How can I put a stop to this? I need a creative idea here.
I totally get it. We have four kids age 7 and under and they are the only kids on my side. Their grandparents and aunts and uncles LOVE to spoil them and seem to bring them something almost every time we see them.
Something from the Dollar Store, another thing from a garage sale, this thing they couldn’t pass up at Target, a souvenir from the trip they took and oh look! We just found this when we were cleaning the basement! ;)
It is overwhelming for my husband and I at times, but it can be overwhelming to the kids, too.