This has nothing to do with naughty and nice lists. It just has to do with, well, stuff. My kids have too much of it.
We've gotten to a day and age where delayed gratification is impossible. We see something we buy it. A treat here for being good, a treat there because it's on sale. My kids have more toys than they could ever possibly play with already, Santa.
As we go through their Christmas list, I keep trying to tell my wife "No." No, they don't need more LEGOs. No, they don't need more sweaters. No, they don't need more transforming dinosaur car robots.
They don't need it because they'll get it for a birthday, for Valentine's Day, for a good report card. They'll get it because it's Tuesday. My kids have too much stuff because they get too much stuff.
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