It is almost like magic the way that children can lose track of their belongings. Questioning them will only result in vague answers about the last time that they remember seeing a particular item. It can be annoying, not to mention expensive, to constantly have things disappear when your child goes to school or to a friend’s house. There is a way to reduce the number of things that your child loses on a daily basis. This involves putting school names labels on everything, rewarding your child for keeping track of their things, and knowing where to look. Here is how you can get started on putting a stop to all the losing:
Tag Everything The rule of thumb is that if you do not want it lost, you should put name labels on it. First, this makes it much easier to find it when the item inevitably gets lost. This is especially important when you are looking for a lunch box or pencil case in a classroom. You will undoubtedly come across about three other articles with the exact same logo or cartoon character. This is why you should label everything of even the remotest importance. Seeing their name on their things will also help to remind children to take their things with them before they leave.
Reward System You need to provide a form of incentive for your child to want to remember their things. The best way to do this is give them a reward once they have successfully brought back all of their things for a period of time. It does not have to be a large or considerable reward. It can be something as simple as their favourite snack, activity, or even just a sticker. For instance, if they collect enough stickers, they can get a toy or an outing that they want. It is all about associating remembering their belongings with a form of positive reinforcement.
Know Where the Lost Things Go If your child frequently misplaces their property, you should begin familiarizing yourself with the lost and found. This is where the majority of the lost things will go. Most schools have such a system in place to find things that might have gone missing. This why you should take such care to put your child’s name on everything. Malls and other large indoor arenas will probably have such places as well. You should always check these places a day after your little one has lost something. These are just some of the ways that you can reduce the number of things that your child misplaces. Once you get them on the right track, they will begin losing fewer and fewer things.