Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Gifts?

Is there such a thing as too many gifts? As a child I would have laughed in your face and said no way, but as a parent I feel differently.

It surprises me a bit to feel like this, but I do. I think sometimes relatives go overboard with the gifts and my kids get more than they need. The children deserve the moon and I am frustrated because right now I simply can’t give them gifts as I would like to, but that doesn’t mean they go without.

They don’t.

They get and they receive and they give back so good things are happening.

In the grand scheme of things my concern about too many gifts is a good problem to have. It is far better than what we could face and I am grateful for that. I know from experience how things can go a different direction.

Maybe that is part of the issue. Maybe it is because this week I spoke the siblings of a friend we lost long ago. Maybe that is why I feel the weight.

Yet there is so much joy now too. When we lit the candles last night it was impossible not to smile and be excited. The look on their faces and the smiles that we saw were amazing.

Real hugs. They stopped fighting and worked together.

They are normal siblings. Don’t fight or argue more than any other set, but sometimes you forget.

All I want to do is raise kids who will grow up to be productive members of society and who understand there is more to life than gifts.


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