Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Joy of Crap Home Week

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Like families around the globe we are celebrating Crap Home Week. It's that special time of year when children return home with all their school crap, er, stuff. Backpacks and bag after bag after bag of stuff. Except that if your children are like mine, every single worksheet, art project, broken crayon and each and every crumpled scrap of paper are all deemed very special. Therefore, throwing out or recycling these important items will make the children feel very unspecial. Can't you practically hear their sympathetic therapists-of-the-future blaming me for their esteem, attachment, and trust issues?

Six year-old Splinter just made a reference to a road trip we took two to three, or possibly four years ago (his memory is apparently better than mine). So, knowing my boys, I can easily see a major tantrum in 2009 because I recycled this year's hand-illustrated land forms worksheet or tossed the cotton ball bunny.

What's a mom to do? Hmmm. I hear the King Tut exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum is drawing the crowds. Anyone up for a tour of the Early Elementary Years exhibit at the Moldofsky Museum? The tickets are cheaper, the lines are shorter, and everyone leaves with a free souvenir.


Robin Pratt said...

We have two deep drawers in our china cabinet - right near the counter where all those school papers get dumped - which became the resting place for these treasures throughout the school year. At Christmas and Spring break, when the kids were bored, I'd bring out each of their piles and we'd throw out about 2/3 together. Of course, we'd save the artwork and other cool projects.

By late summer we would do it again as a sort of warm-up for the new school year and put the special stuff in a box for the basement, and start over with an empty drawer. One son turned out to be less of a saver than the other and I often retrieved things he threw away, especially his drawings.

It took the pressure off of me about deciding what to keep, AND I think the process was a fun way for the boys to see how much they'd grown and learned during each school year!


Kim Moldofsky said...

Thanks for the tips!