Saturday, December 19, 2009
In David Shannon's excellent book "Too Many Toys" (pictured above), he tells the story of a boy named Spencer who has way too many toys. It's a children's book of course, but as a mother, I learned a lesson from it: Parents don't necessarily have control of how many toys they have in their home. Spencer gets toys from his parents and his grandparents, his aunts, his uncles, even from his cousin Drew. He also gets them from friends on his birthday, and on their birthdays (in goody bags). He gets toys at the drive-through, at school "for having lots of Peace Person Points," and at the doctor's office when he doesn't squirm. How can a parent keep up with it all?