Other than write an obscene amount of words this weekend, I also listened to a lot of whinging as to why a certain seven year old member of our family does not have an angry birds library bag, why did he have to have a soccer themed library bag,and so on and so forth.
Apparently he is the only member of year 2 that does not get a new library bag/school bag/everything, each time there is a new school year.
Well I called bullshit on that one, but I went on to explain to him that the items he uses, get replaced when they are no longer serviceable, either they are out grown or broken in some way, and to do so earlier is wasteful.
This was the perfect segue to lead me into a rant about the worlds limited resources, excessive waste production and environmental footprints.
I was about eight words in, when I realised no one was listening.
I carried on anyway, because I like the sound of my own voice, and there is still a small part of me that hopes my children take in this information.
If only on a subconscious level.
I was accused of being stingy.
I annually replace pencil cases, and pencil case contents, The old ones are demoted to the craft box.
I also annually replace shoes, usually because they are out grown and if they are not, they are very worn by the time the year is out.
They then become back yard shoes, stored near the back door for ruining to their little hearts content.
I replace also annually replace uniforms for similar reasons.
I don't however, replace bags, lunch boxes, library bags etc etc until they are no longer useful.
Is this stingy I ask?
I have many more questions....
Could I possibly be a bad parent by default, because every other parent sees fit to replace every item their child takes to school annually, regardless of need?
What exactly is the social etiquette to replacing school wares?
When I was school aged, I had no social spectrum for normalcy, I was abnormal, full stop.
Raised by the tree huggers, who smelt of patchouli, waaaaaaay before it was cool.
I was uncooly ahead of my time and yet, I survived.
Am I committing an unforgivable school yard sin?
Do I actually give a shit if I am?
After I had a little time to think and cool down, and process the quandary I was facing, I decided that I couldn't give a rats ass if I was committing a school yard sin, that I would not resort to wasteful, keeping up with the Jones's like behavior for any school yard politics.....(I may have added a few ponytail clad, gym wear, Range Rover driving, canteen duty slurs in there, but I know this says more about me than it does about them)
I did not get far with the argument with Master Seven, however I do think I managed to teach him the importance of compromise.
He was suitably delighted, despite my crap sewing skills.
How frequently are you replacing your children's school items?
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