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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

2.18.2012

Is She Hoarding Or Just Being A Six Year Old

Last week, I went through the girls' closet and did just a little organizing.  I picked up the back pack that Ivy had given to Eva (the one from China...the ugly one).  This is the back pack that Eva happily carries around with her everywhere she goes.  If she is outside playing, the back pack is with her.  Upstairs or downstairs, she drags this heavy load around.


She can't even stand upright with this pack.


So, when I was organizing the closet, I decided to see what made this pack so heavy.  Are you ready for this?

*One who ream of copy paper secretly taken off our computer desk
*4 Holy Bibles
*18 Lipsmackers (chapsticks)
*1 small tree branch with bark partially removed
*25 sticks with all of the bark/skin removed
*15 rocks, ugly ones, not pretty ones
*5 books
*4 Note pads
*6 pens/pencils
*Baggie filled with magic markers
*Coloring book
*A plastic coke bottle with label removed, filled with water and wild green onions that were picked off our property.
*Math blocks
*Wallet
*Half a deck of Dutch Blitz cards
*Keys with key chain

That is all that I remember at this moment.  The plastic coke bottle with onions really got me wondering what was going on in this girls mind.  One time I found a plastic baggie filled with Millie's dog hairs from when we had given her a good brushing.  Apparently, it was a worthwhile item to keep.  I'm hoping this is normal behavior?  None of my other children were this extreme.

10 kind words:

Vicky

That's a lot of stuff to carry around! Her poor back!

Lindy D.

I agree it can't be good for her back or posture. What happens it you suggest she carry a light load? Would she be upset?

Anonymous

I loved having my "treasures" with me - sometimes to be sure they were safe from destructive younger siblings, and other times, well, what if I needed them? Haha, I later grew out of it, it was just a phase. Anyway, how about exchanging that big bag for a little bag she really loves? She would have to lighten her load to use it, and wouldn't hurt her back.

withgratefulhearts

Cheri
My whole family laughed over this post because Faith is exactly the same way. Her backpack of "treasures" was so heavy that if the slightest thing, even bumping into her the slightest bit would send her toppling over backwards. I finally got her switched over to a purse (she has RUPTURED two purses since then). Having and possessing those "treasures" of paper, paper, and more paper, chapsticks, pens, odd-ball odds and ends, leaves, jewelry, etc... has been extremely important to Faith and not to any of my other kids. I have always chalked it up to her coming from a place where she had NO possessions. but... it's interesting to me that your Joy and Ivy don't seem to share that need.
( The ream of copier paper is hilarious )
Cherie

The Landes Family

I have one too. Amazed at the things she collects. It always puts a smile on my face and a question in my brain (as Tali would say it).

Sarah

Oh my goodness! This list was too funny!!! Yana was definitely a hoarder. She is getting less so, but it's still an issue at times.

Judi

I'm amazed that she could carry all that around!

Jenna

We went through this with our youngest. Our therapist said to take a few items at a time out and see if she noticed they were missing. If she didn't, then it was probably nothing to worry about, but if she noticed, then we had a bigger problem.

That is a lot of stuff to haul around. Shows her cute personality though!!

Football and Fried Rice

This is hilarious!!! We watch "Hoarders", so I'd accuse her, just like I accuse my babies :)

Eva

Wow, that's a lot of stuff. Caleb lugs around a big backpack. However, it's filled mostly with books and toys. I like Jenna's suggestion. If I ask Caleb to take some things out, he does it willingly. So I know it's not a big deal. I'm curious to see how Eva might handle some tweaking to her backpack by you.

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