Let’s face it.  Children are greedy.  Gordon Gekko has nothing on the average five-year-old, especially on a visit to Grandma’s house.

Children want love, attention, cookies, and toys, not necessarily in that order.  Now Grandma can produce love, attention, and cookies on her own, but the toys have to come from somewhere else.  There are, of course, Grandmas who write a story or invent a puzzle or make a toy out of an old shoebox for the grandchild’s visit,  but most of us aren’t that creative or that organized.

Head for the thrift shop! It’s the perfect place to find something that will keep little Gordon happy without breaking Grandma’s budget.  Beanie babies, toy cars, children’s books and movies – you can always find something new.  Then whip up a batch of cookies and your grandchild will remain convinced that Grandma’s house is the best place in the world!