Word of the Day: Conundrum. How do you get your little brother to share his toys with you without you having to share your toys with him? Also, why are my children more possessive of the toys that belong to the other person than the toys that “belong” to them?

We had a beautiful Christmas. Violet loved the dollhouse AJ made her, and Henry loves licking parts of it. I am in the process of stealthily bagging up all the old toys to give away because I have serious allergies to keeping too much stuff. Violet caught me last night with a bag full of dolls and stuffed animals heading into the garage to “take a nap”. Oops.