Why Our Kids Lose Or Misplace Their Stuff
During the first week of school, our 5 year-old came home without his jacket. How does one forget their jacket that they wore to keep warm? Wouldn’t the sudden drop in temperature be an instant reminder? Apparently not to these kids who lose their gloves on the coldest of days.
I asked Treyton to check his school lost-and-found as I had no time to drop by his school to look myself. He claimed that he did but it wasn’t there. That was in September. A week ago, I got a call from his school that he didn’t have a lunch. Yes, he forgot it at home. I went to his school bringing him MacDonald’s. While there, I took the opportunity to inquire about his missing jacket. I was sent to look in the lost-and-found. It wasn’t hard spotting his jacket almost immediately. I also saw one that looked suspiciously familiar. I debated taking it but didn’t.
That evening I was telling the family of my find and described the other jacket that looked familiar. My 9 year-old sheepishly confessed that he had lost two jackets, including the one I described. He brought them both home the next day.
As parents, one of our biggest issues is our children losing or misplacing their personal belongings. Whether it’s books, clothes or lunches. It’s irritating and even though we try to help them, it never works. We get mad because we can’t understand why. This morning while having another such talk with the boys, my wife added that as a kid she never lost anything, and that’s when I had the aha moment!
Our children today has so much that it’s difficult not to lose anything. As a kid I never lost anything. I always knew where the few things I had were. I never had more than one jacket at a time, not more than two pairs of shoes or one hat. It was very easy to keep track of my personal belonging. As for lunch, sometimes I had none so it’s impossible to lose what you don’t have. When I did have a lunch, I kept it close to me all the time.
My boys each has about four different jackets, they are found in the car, van, kitchen, everywhere. That’s why we never realized that our 9 year-old was missing 2 jackets! They have more hats than I could count, also found everywhere except on their heads. With such a huge inventory, should we really blame them for not knowing where everything is?
It’s our fault, not theirs.