Confession time: In my heart of hearts, prior to mommyhood, I had gotten quite comfortable at being judgmental toward parents who spoil their children and children who ACT ungrateful, entitled and rotten.
But now I get it. I get the impulse to smother your child with delightful goodies and undivided attention. I get the thrill of being responsible for that gigantic smile spreading from ear to ear. You know, I did purchase Bennett that Melissa & Doug walker. Bennett’s not even sitting up on his own yet, but the boy has a walker. And I’ve collected a few puzzles for him. Bennett’s still getting the hang of reaching out and holding onto objects for more than ten seconds, but the boy’s got puzzles. Then there’s the wooden ducks on a string… and the bead maze…
And the other day at Zazu, I had to purchase these!
I mean, what if they aren’t MAKING these anymore once he’s in shoes with laces?! I couldn’t stand the thought. (His wings are camoflague!)
It has suddenly occurred to me that I need to slow down and pace myself. Golly, that spoilin’ just sneaks up on me! Time to calm down and stop treading on the grandparents’ territory!
Yeah, stop treading already!!! :p
bah ha ha
Ha ha ha! Let her while she can girl! I lost my mama and I’m so thankful that I let her spoil my peeps all the time. No regrets!
those wings ROCK!
personally, i don’t think you’re spoiling him by getting stuff that he’s not ready for yet. i call that being prepared.
once he’s sitting, there’s no reason you can’t start doing the puzzles with him even if he’s ‘technically’ too young to do them–just the time spent sitting with you while you hold his hand with the piece in it and out it into place will be good for his development
and kids grow at crazy rates–it’s a good thing to have the walker ready for whenever you need it
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I loved reading this.
Um, I’m a spoiler. I LOVE to spoil them! They aren’t usually ungrateful but they can be. I’m just careful to always make them say thank you to others and share what they have. They’re really only bratty to each other and Mr. B won’t have that issue for years. 🙂 I agree, it’s really just preparedness. They are all things, other than the wings maybe, that he’ll need later anyway. Call it stocking up! There is such a thing as making them feel special and not really spoiled. I’m aiming for Special!
Oh, this is Heather Holmes, by the way! 😛
Hmmm, perhaps the difference, to some degree, is WHO is in control. *Mulling over this.* If the parent’s in control, it seems more like the act of making the child feel special. If the child is in control, it seems more like the parent is perhaps keeping a tantrum at bay. Hmmmm…
Ah, you are just smart! It is always good to have a stockpile of goodies to pull out, especially as he gets older. Always nice to have something new to pull out on a rainy or snowy day or when (heaven forbid) he gets sick. And what little boy wouldn’t love those wings!!
Do they have those wings for bigger sizes?
I want a pair!!!
Not sure. Try calling maybe?