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04 Mar 2011

Good to Give

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Back in December, I posted about how we were trying to get Garrett to get rid of some things to make room for the toys that Santa was bringing. At the time I wasn’t sure how to get him to part with things, and asking him to do it wasn’t working.

Last night G-Man had the opportunity to give some of his baby things to a one-year-old in my sis-in-law’s family. I showed him the bag of clothing I had already assembled, and sent him back to his room with his dad to see what he could come up with. Five minutes later, they emerged with an activity table, talking robot and grocery cart. I was so happy!!  I knew it was a better idea for Russ to try to convince him, because he takes all of the drama out of the things I tend to inject drama into.

Garrett couldn’t have been more pleased as he handed over his things to Baby Alex and his parents. He didn’t even ask if he was going to see the stuff again. I told him how incredibly proud of him we were, and that giving things to people is a wonderful and important part of life. And, as a reward, I let him watch one Word Girl episode even though it was way past his bedtime by the time we got home.

It’s only been three months since the initial begging-fest that went on when I was asking him to get rid of those things. But in those three months a lot has changed. G’s grown about an inch, grown his hair about three inches, gotten out of his crib, found out he loves the alphabet, and has learned that giving feels pretty good.

I’m beaming with pride. And I’m going to see how far we can take this thing. Maybe by next week we’ll have enough room to move his action figures, dinosaurs, and god-knows-what out of the living room and into his ROOM! Not holding my breath. But I’m still beaming.