If I Was Okay With Spoiling My Kids …

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As a military family, we are on a pretty tight budget, just like most earth-inhabiting families are. We do big gifts for birthdays and Christmas, though they are of course not the biggest of the big …

     but what parent doesn't dream of going all out?

For my daughter's third birthday, we bought her an outside playhouse. It was very similar to the one I had as a child, and was reasonably priced. But, when I was looking online to decide which one to purchase, I was floored by how extravagant they can become! 

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If I was Angelina Jolie or Julia Roberts, I would absolutely buy her the $10,000 playhouse with working plumbing and electricity, as well as a loft hideaway. This pretend house (more like miniature house!) had crown molding and space for furniture. 

How fun would that be as a kid? Your own little house! I was giddy when I moved into my own house at 21, I can't imagine being 7 or 8 and inviting my friends to come over to play in the coolest playhouse ever.

Or, when I was researching trampolines for my daughter's upcoming birthday. My husband caught me looking at $15,000 professional jump houses with water features and obstacle courses, and, later that day, underground pool accessories that made it look like you had your own water park in your backyard. Obviously, there's no way we would ever (or could ever!) buy her something like that, but man, it's fun to dream.

Of course, if my daughter has a $15,000 jump house, that means we have money, and I probably have a gorgeous car sitting in my driveway, and tons of cash in the bank. 

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Just checked our accounts and looked out the window: no such luck.

Is Julia or Angelina looking to be generous today? We'll take a Ferrari or a jump house. Either one.

If money was no object, what would you spoil your kids with?

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If I Was Okay With Spoiling My Kids …

Rachel is a stay-at-home-mom to her 4-year-old daughter, Sydney, and her 18-month-old son, Jackson. Her writing can be found all over the web, mostly detailing her own parenting struggles and triumphs, as well as her life as the military spouse of an active-duty airman. She also writes about her life as as a special needs parent on her blog, Tales From the Plastic Crib, and spends an unnecessary amount of time on Twitter. ... More

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