alright Kara, I will admit that some of the issues you raise have been on my mind, if only on a personal level. In preparing for Christmas, I have been struck by the over-consumption, especially as I try to figure out what to give my youngest child. I'd like to think that the ex-wife has given him way too much to compensate for my departure from the house (not the children's lives though) but the truth is that he has always had more toys than he can actually play with. I really don't see the need to add toys to his over-abundance. I am feeling somewhat extorted by family expectations, etc, to give generously, eventhough there's nothing he needs. Toys that he may want will meet the same fate as the ones he already owns: sitting there taking up space.
So what is the answer? Where does one begin?