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Wishing you simple presents for the holidays

At a recent dinner a friend mentioned that his biggest fear during the holidays is that his 3 year old daughter receives presents from friends or family that are "too perfect", that some toys leave little for her imagination to play with instead of stimulating her fantasy. His daughter is clearly not in danger of becoming a dull kid. However, while many of us agree that kids should have meaningful toys we seem to stop applying that logic for adults. We adults have become addicted to "disabling" toys and gadgets that turn us into passive spectators. Our TV turns all our senses into receiver-mode and makes anything proactive almost impossible (did you ever have a good idea while watching TV?). Canned choices are everywhere in our lives and somehow seem to defeat the very idea of what we are trying to achieve. "Enabling" choices are social, inspire creativity, expression, learning and play. Canned choices isolate, immobilize and numb us. 

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My mother somehow found 'anatomically realistic' dolls to substitute for Barbies and to countereffect the Barbie syndrome. Looking back, I realize what a caring and well thought out gesture it was. It certainly made me aware at a very young age that Barbie's body was not based in reality and was not necessarily the ideal.

As an adult, my initial reaction would be to defend my head bent shuffling feet addiction to my iPhone as a gateway to learning about highly tailored interests, but perhaps a nice pair of snowshoes would be a better Barbie.

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