Apparently, ungratefulness is not uncommon in this age range, and I am incredibly thankful (you see what I just did there?) to a friend of mine who posted a review for the book, 'The Me, Me, Me Epidemic' by Amy McCready. I'm only 1/5 of the way through, but I keep looking over my shoulder for the person is writing exactly about my life.
They aren't bad kids; they are very egocentric, as most are at the ages of 4 and 6, and always seem to want more. More toys, more books, more video game time and more snacks. They are very aware, at the same time, that there are people out there with a lot less than we have (less home, less toys, less food) and they love putting together more 'Blessings Bags' to pass out to the homeless and seeing all the goodies we bought for the food bank. To further emphasize the giving to others, I thought I would let Peanut sort through her own toys to find those she could donate.
I sat with her in her room to help, and she asked me, "Can I have a box to put all the toys for boys and girls that don't have any?"
Of course you can, I thought, grabbing a big plastic hamper, hoping that the bigger it was, the more she would give.
|Her mighty donation pile|
Why, yes, that is one small etch a sketch and the top 1/2 of a mermaid barbie.
|This is only the playroom stuff....don't get me started on the Barbies in her room!|
I think I will go over this donation thing with her one more time. I am positive I can find enough to fill that basket. And more.