When my youngest child, Molly, was 5 years old, an elderly friend took our family to the Dollar Store. For Christmas, she wanted to treat each of our children to five things from the store; five things of their choice.
The day we met at the store, it was crowded with people getting ready for Christmas. Everyone was trying to get in and out quickly, but we leisurely browsed up and down each aisle so the kids could see all the choices. In the first aisle, Molly saw some pretty wrapping paper and bows and picked them up. When she did, I said, “Are you sure? Maybe you will like the next aisle better.”
The second aisle was filled with toys! By the time we were two steps into the aisle, Molly had picked three more things. She was excited about the five things she had picked out.
A minute later one of her sisters found something fun on the shelf and said, “Look Molly! Look at this! You should pick this instead!” She reluctantly chose that toy instead of one of the items already in her arms.
This pattern continued up and down every aisle. Either I asked Molly if she was sure, or one of her sisters persuaded her to pick something else. Once we had finished browsing up and down every aisle, we checked out, and went home happy with our purchases –or so I thought.
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2 thoughts on “Fewer Choices, Less Stress for the Holiday Season”
I love this. I continued reading in the other site, but commenting is easier on this one so I came back. As I have grown, I’ve learned more and more to appreciate limited choices. I like having the option to access multiple choices, but often choose shopping establishments that limit them. The same goes for me in the work environment and at home. The lessons we learn from children are priceless.
Thanks for reading and commenting! I love how children can voice emotions that I just bottle up and don’t think about much. I agree about the shopping choices, too. That’s why I like Aldi’s so much. Do you have Aldi’s near you?