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Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock) The holidays approaching, which means if you have kids and a mailbox, the latter is filling up daily with toy and children’s clothing catalogs. While witnessing your kids’ unbridled excitement at paging through them may generate nostalgia-fueled forgiveness of this influx of direct marketing, such holiday catalogs, if left unregulated in a house filled with small children, can also cause issues. (Ever tried to get a toddler ready for school when he’s decided to lounge in his Pull-up and “read” everything there is to know about the Monster Jam Grave Digger remote control car?) Their glossy pages can inspire joy—or send a Bey Blade right thought the delicate emotional ecosystem of your house, doing more harm than good. Here are some suggestions for how to make those harbingers of Christmas fun work for—not against you. First, hide them The first rule of holiday catalogs is: Do not leave holiday catalogs lying around. While it may seem like a festive way to get the Christmas joy flowing (I’ll just leave them on the coffee table so they can peruse them whenever!), if there is but one of a preferred catalog, but multiple children, the ensuing power struggles about how long one sibling got to look at it and which one ripped the Barbie Dream House page can devolve into a very un-festive argument. In addition to catalog turf battles, the things are endlessly distracting. This is great when you’re making dinner and need to keep the kids […]