Dear G., For all of my four children's lives my mother showered them with gifts, especially at Christmas. I am her only child, and these were her only grandchildren
For many years we tried to stop her from giving so much. She always gave well made toys that lasted forever.
First, I asked that she please give stuff that would break quickly to aleviate the clutter. She did not.
Then we fretted and stewed about it for many years.
Needless to say our children loved receiving all the gifts.
My Mom and her friend would hit the toy stores every day after work to see what wonderful things they might have missed the day before. They both needed Born to Shop bumper stickers.
My Mom loved children and toys, and gagets of any kind. She said they would call to her from the shelves to take them home.
We finally gave up trying to stop her and just went with the flow.
We finally would sort the toys every few months to various groupings, Give away, Pass down, Store for a while and rotate in 2 months. This seemed to be the only way to manage the clutter.
My mom has been gone for 17 years now, I miss her, my children miss her. And I have a grest supply of sturdy toys for my grandchildren.
The toys will come and go, brake and recycle, but the joy in my mothers eyes and the joy and remembering of a precious grandmother will last forever in my children's hearts.
Nana Dot was much more than a toy giver.
So my suggestion is to let her enjoy, and teach your son to accept these gifts graciously. His gift can be gratitude for a Grandma who loves him.
Stuff breaks and we all make mistakes. Mistakes are our opportunities to learn. All that is required when we make a mistake is to fix it as best we can, and learn from it.
Maybe you can find other things for them to do together.
Go for walks, go to the park, bake cookies, built forts, do puzzles, learn math, learn to spell, write stories, read,
and just enjoy each other.
You can buy the well made toys that will last.
My God bless you and yours forever.