Does this look familiar?

Yep. Every parents worst nightmare– Toy packaging.

I did some thinking ahead this year.
I know my 3-year-old is very, well, the I want it NOW type and it can get rather disruptive… especially during family events and activities.

So, instead of hearing the words open, open, open, OPEN!!now, now, now NOW!!, making an anxious 8-year-old constantly wait, and stressing about a 1-year-old eating twisty ties… this is what I’ve done.

I took off all the twisty ties, all the excess packaging, set everything up, put everything back in their respective boxes and wrapped them up.
That way, when he opens his gifts (since unwrapping paper is still a highlight), it’s instant gratification for him and less stress for the rest of us.

I also put aside all manuals (that normally get lost in the shuffle anyway).
The goal? I’m aiming to please the 3-year-old and, hopefully, lessen the chance of a migraine.

Does this look familiar?

Yep. Every parents worst nightmare– Toy packaging.

I did some thinking ahead this year.
I know my 3-year-old is very, well, the I want it NOW type and it can get rather disruptive… especially during family events and activities.

So, instead of hearing the words open, open, open, OPEN!!now, now, now NOW!!, making an anxious 8-year-old constantly wait, and stressing about a 1-year-old eating twisty ties… this is what I’ve done.

I took off all the twisty ties, all the excess packaging, set everything up, put everything back in their respective boxes and wrapped them up.
That way, when he opens his gifts (since unwrapping paper is still a highlight), it’s instant gratification for him and less stress for the rest of us.

I also put aside all manuals (that normally get lost in the shuffle anyway).
The goal? I’m aiming to please the 3-year-old and, hopefully, lessen the chance of a migraine.