Friday, December 10, 2010
Kids, Don't Break the Family Heirlooms!
I have a few things around my house that were passed down to me from my parents. I prefer to display them and be surrounded by them rather than protectively tucking them away in the attic.
In my house displaying family heirlooms poses some challenges with three boys under 12 years old constantly running around. Occasionally we do have mishaps. Earlier this week some wood and paint got chipped off an item. (I sigh and move on.)
I thought I would share with you my technique for keeping children from breaking the family heirlooms. Mind you this is not a fool proof technique but it works.
I say to my kids, "This is a very old thing that is important to our family. Someday it's going to belong to you. If you break it, you won't have it."
It's a very simple technique. The boys usually never say anything in response but they always leave the room and take their roughhousing somewhere else.
Please note: This does not work well with children under six years old. My youngest is only five, hence the continued occasional "chips." ** sigh **
If you have any techniques of your own for thwarting accidental youthful destruction, please share them with me!
Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis at 6:18 AM