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They like not being overwhelmed by stuff and not having to spend so much time cleaning their room.

In fact, later that very same day, as we drove to gymnastics class, Maggie said She understood before I did that more stuff doesn’t make us happier.

Stuff isn’t evil in and of itself, but in a world where we are constantly told that what we have isn’t quite good enough, the love of things can so very easily consume us.

It is the pursuit of it all–more toys, cuter clothes, a prettier house, a nicer car, a bigger computer, a fancier phone–that makes us forget all the things that actually matter.

It wasn’t until after observing first hand the real and immediate changes in my children after taking their toys away that I truly began to understand.

And now instead of me teaching them, they have taught me the lesson I wish I would’ve have learned a long time ago. UPDATE 4/2/13: It has been over six months since I originally published this post and judging by the comments that continue to come in, this topic has struck a nerve with many of you.

When I do take down a toy for them to play with (no, I didn’t throw will entertain them for the entire day.I worried that I was scarring them for life, depriving them of some essential developmental need, taking away their ability to self-entertain. Instead of being bored, they seem to have no shortage of things to do.Their attention span is much longer and they are able to mindfully focus on their task at hand.In June, we took a field trip to Reptile World in Orlando.Afterwards we decided it would be fun to take the girls to dinner at a dinosaur-themed restaurant called T-Rex in Downtown Disney.

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