Movements Need Imagination, Which Is Why I’m Not Buying My Kids Any More Toys

Frida Berrigan
“Mine!”

“No. It’s mine!!”

They keep this “conversation” going for a while before there is a screech and a wail.

“Figure out a way to share it,” I call from the other room.

“Madeline,” says four-year-old Seamus, who puts on a very reasonable and emphatic voice with his two-year-old sister. “I want you to share that with me now.”

“No!”

On some level, I can’t blame her for saying no. Seamus inflects his “share” with a lot of muscle and possessiveness. They are stuck.


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