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  1. Shame modern parents fight a losing battle against the ceaseless flash and noise of advertising when it comes to influencing their children on just about anything.

  2. Thanks for providing that glimpse into a child's perspective! I enjoyed it and will keep it close in thought when shopping for Christmas toys.
    I recently relented and bought a toy that I thought was "useless"; one that my 6 year old daughter REALLY wants…and ice cream maker. I kept telling her that I'd be more than happy to get her a gallon or 2 of store-bought ice cream, instead of having to go to the trouble of making it from a mix or, heaven forbid, from scratch! When I thought about it, though, I realized that this child (a self-professed future chef) may just learn something from the process of making her own ice cream and, if nothing else, will experience the satisfaction of creating something herself. How could I have even thought of robbing her of such a rich and valuable lesson?
    So, the ice cream maker will be under the tree, and the ice cream made from it will be the most expensive price-per-gallon of ice cream that I've ever had, but I will happily savor every spoonful.
    Sending smiles,

  3. How true this is, and how lucky a child may be if allowed their own 'quirky' choices by their parents.
    My sister is a perfect case in point. For her 3rd birthday she wanted nothing but NOTHING but a giant Honey Monster cuddly character (except it was anything but cuddly, a rock hard 2ft pile of ugliness, but she loved him). Bemused, my parents duly hunted one down. Her next desire was a plastic monkey doll,almost sinister in appearance, then a Stretch Armstrong 'doll' at about 5 or 6 years old, a wheelbarrow another year. We once spent an hour in the gift shop of London zoo while she carefully decided between which teddy she wanted to buy as a memento (they were all exactly the same teddy, just placed in different poses on the shelf). My brother and I grew more and more impatient at the wait, my parents valued her individuality and let her take her time. The thing with my sister was she never wanted much, but when she set her mind to one thing, she would not quaver from that desire. No matter how
    small, she was happy.
    Far from being as awkward as she may have seemed as a child, she is today one of the most creative women I know, with a well developed mind of her own and with an exquisite sense of style and taste!

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