My lists have lists. Really, I could condense my life down to a vertical list of to do's, or at least that's how it feels sometimes!
My kids have an endless desire for newer, bigger, and better toys, it seems. Sometimes it's because the thing they want is really cooler than something they have, and other times, well, it's just cuz they like getting new stuff...
So, when one of my smalls says, "Mommy, I really want one of these...", or "Mom, this is so cool, can I get one for Christmas?" I tell my kids that I'll put it on the list -- and I have the same response to all similarly posed questions. "No problem, sweetie, it's on the list." "Sure, I'll remember to put it on the list." You get the drift...
Now, for the details:
This particular list isn't real -- it's an imaginary paper filled with wants from here to Timbuktu. I just placate my children by making them think their wants and desires are actually being recorded somewhere. Interestingly, my kids have never requested to see said list -- and I don't think it's just because they trust their Mama -- it's more like they're comforted just knowing it exists.
Perhaps, just maybe, there is something I could learn something from this.
Or, I'll just wait until that thought passes.