Lost and Found

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I always seem to have a pile of items that belong to kids that visit us and leave their belongings strewn around the house. As soon as I’ve located their owners and returned their things to them, a new pile grows afresh.

When friends leave I always check that they have everything, but without fail I always seem to find items in the oddest places. I even find that when I’m folding clean washing there always seem to be items of clothing that my family doesn’t own.

Mind you, my kids are the worst culprits of leaving their belongings at their friend’s houses so I guess you could call it karma!

My son rarely comes home from school with the belongings he took with him. Our school’s lost property has a policy that they charge kids 50c for each of their items that are found in lost property. This is a great revenue raiser from our family, as my kids’ possessions tend to migrate to lost property on a very regular basis.

I sometimes wish it could be possible to just staple my kids’ hats on their heads and superglue their jumpers on their bodies! I keep thinking with maturity will come a sense of responsibility to keep track of their things, but even with one child about to become an adult, I’m still waiting to see this transition.

At least I guess the forever present pile of forgotten items at my house is a reminder that it’s not only my kids that lose tracks of their things!

Do your kids also regularly misplace their things?

(Picture courtesy of Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net)

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