Originally Posted by talldarkeyes
Thoughts on reigning in the grandparents: Anyone tried to convince grandparents to give experience type gifts? I have heard that the trick to this is having it be an experience the kids could do WITH the grandparent like painting pottery, zoo, train ride etc. We want to put our dd1 back into her Waldorf school but asking grandparents to contribute to tuition as a gift to HER hasnt worked (I guess because buying cheap plastic toys is more fun?) so my dh and I asked that whatever funds were allocated for gifts for us be put towards her tuition and that seems to have worked, but I guess we wont know until Christmas.
DH and I are also foregoing gifts (I am making him some fingerless gloves from my stash though). There are some things we could use, but not buying things makes me more creative with the stuff I do have.
My mom just took dd to the aquarium yesterday for her birthday... She understands because she sees us trying to find a place for all the stuff we get. My stepmom is buying them new stockmar crayons for homeschool, I'm making crayon cases for them.
It's my mother in law. She likes to buy stuff big time. We've asked that everyone contribute to a big present in the past but now we have a play kitchen, bikes, scooters, a wagon, etc. and we just don't have room for anything else. I seriously can't believe what my kids have at 6 and 8 years old. Her generosity can't be stopped. She wants to get them iPods next. I don't even have an iPod!!!
Ds really wants to learn to sew. Maybe he'll get a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn't get one until I was 26 but whatever. Life is short I guess.
I asked her to get the kids blueberry and raspberry bushes one year and then plant them with her but she was totally not impressed with that idea.
I wonder if my future daughter/son in law will be wondering why I don't just go to the toystore and pick up some plastic trucks instead of all that silly homemade Waldorf knitted ducks I'm going to make for my grand kids.
Kinda off topic more but my favorite year was when my stepmom made a Waldorf heavy doll and my mom made a wooden crib (her first building project) and I made a wee quilt. It was all set up for dd in the morning and all the moms cried. The look on her face was so sweet. Magic.