Please Stop Spoiling My Kid

Please Stop Spoiling My Kid - Guest Post at Mustard Seed Money

Today, I am honored to have a guest post featured on Mustard Seed Money! Below is a snippet, but please click over to Mustard Seed Money to read about why I’m finally putting my foot down when it comes to material gifts for my son.

Please Stop Spoiling My Kid

When I was pregnant with our first child, I remember my father-in-law saying to me, “All a kid needs is a ball, a stick, and a piece of string.” We laughed, and then my mother and mother-in-law continued to tell me to put more things on the baby registry. Sitting here now with a 15-month-old, I can tell you he really would be happy with any one of those three things from Grandpa. Usually, he doesn’t even need those things and is just happy to dig his fingers into the soil of the garden bed, pull Tupperware out of the cabinet, or chase the dog. Yet, we remain surrounded by plastic, singing toys and well-meaning friends and family who regularly bring him, even more, gifts to gather dust in his toy corner.  So, I’m finally saying it. PLEASE stop spoiling my kid. I’m begging you.

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3 Comments

  • Seven Factors Millionaires Possess - The Grounded Engineer June 5, 2017 at 6:45 am

    […] read a really great article from Chelsea over at Mama Fish Saves called Please Stop Spoiling my Kid.  After Chelsea’s baby shower Tsunami, she looked at all of the “stuff” she […]

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  • Mary June 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I can TOTALLY relate to this! Why we are grateful to have loving relatives who want to dote on our children, there is a fine line between enriching a child’s life with a thoughtful gift and giving with the “it’s my job to spoil your babies” attitude. Thankfully, many of our relatives have begun asking us what we need and honoring that. However, there is still the occasion when we receive something that takes up precious square footage of their small room and when that happens, we usually return it because we didn’t see another solution. But I LOVE the idea of voicing the option for the gift to stay at the giving relative’s home if it takes up too much space! It might encourage them to reconsider giving those types of gifts in the future! Thanks for this article!

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    • Chelsea June 7, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Mary! It is awesome that your relatives are honoring what you say you need. Thanks for reading 🙂

      Reply

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