I'm with you on the clutter issue (I'm a bit of a toy buyer myself) but I don't use the "we're leaving this at your house" ploy because to me that still seems rude -- like this toy isn't good enough for us, you keep it and deal with it. (Plus the kids love to bring them home . . . ) Also when we do donate our surplus we try not to act like we're donating "commercial crap" because that sets us up as somehow better than the people who would buy our donations -- like they're falling for commercialism but we're so above it . . . Just what works in our family. And I've been amazed at the imaginative play generated by some of the plasticky-est, noisiest, never-woulda-picked-it toys, just because the kids' imaginations insist on making an appearance!
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10/16/05 at 8:38am