Despite best efforts at labeling, reminding, scolding & bribing, my son has already lost most of the items lovingly provided to him by his hard-working parents designed to keep him warm.
So far, somewhere between our home, my car, his classroom, the bus & the after school program, he has lost:
- 2 hoodies
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 snow coat
- 3.5 pairs of gloves/mittens
And it’s not even winter officially yet!
He’s a bright boy. He understands that these items cost money and that we are not going to buy a new snow coat every time he loses one. He also understands that without these items, he will inevitably/eventually be cold (see earlier post asking why boys do not feel the cold?)
Yet somehow, this understanding doesn’t translate into him stopping when relocating – for just one teeny second – to consider whether he has everything with him that he needs.
- Other ideas I’ve mulled over to remedy this situation include:
- Letting him be cold.
- Inventing a sign that follows him around that says “Stop: do you have your coat/hat/mittens/underpants?”
- Making him buy new items with his pocket money.
- Making all his Chanukah/birthday/Christmas presents replacements for these lost items – instead of toys.
Any other suggestions gratefully accepted!