You know, when the Toys R Us mailer arrives and Moppet's Papa has to take away my keys and ATM card so that I don't go and blow Moppet's college education fund at the store.
"But it's a one-time only deal!" I wail, attempting to appeal to his cheap side. "We'll save at least 500 Bt!"
"They're educational toys!" I try again, "AND we get a Wet Head cap free! Moppet needs a Wet Head cap!"
Still nothing. In desperation, I turn to Moppet for help.
"Moppet, tell Papa, sweetie. How will you develop your cognitive abilities and motor skills, understand cause and effect, learn the alphabet, numbers, colours, and shapes, sing rhymes in English and French, appreciate classical music, and learn to identify constellations if you do not have the Learn n Groove Musical Table, and the Bilingual Talking Video Phone, and the Fun2Learn Laughtop?"
Moppet looks up at me from the floor. She is stuffing her arm through an old cardboard box and laughing in delight as her fingers pop out through the other side. She picks up a plastic block and waves it at me.
"Tar!" she says.
The madness passes.
"Yes, that's a star, Moppet," I reply. "And so are you. Shall we go and read Little Star's Wish?"
Now that we've dispensed with my silliness, please read what the good folks at Wharton have to say about this. Thanks for the link, Dad!