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Mom's Talk Q&A: How Far Will You Go to Help Your Children?

You don't want to disappoint your children, but would you Dumpster dive to save their toy?

How far do you go to help your kids out?

The morning after Easter Sunday, my son asked me if I threw away the box that his new action figure came in. Well, of course I did! I like a clean house as much as the next gal.

Turns out, that action figure had a tiny grenade in the package that he meant to ask me to help him get, but we had to leave for an Easter egg hunt, so it slipped his mind. Before he left for school I promised I would check the garbage.

Now I knew what was in that garbage bag- I remembered throwing it out. It definitely contained all of the upstairs bathroom garbage as well as the bag of diapers that ripped apart when I tried to pull it from the diaper genie. Guaranteed there would be coffee grounds and food on top of all that. Poor grenade never stood a chance.

As I waded through a disgusting bag of diapers and garbage, a thought entered my head for the first time. We usually just recycle boxes like that. “I wonder if I’m doing all this for nothing”, thought my mind.

Wouldn’t you know, the box for the toy was lying right on top in the recycling container, which, by comparison is relatively clean without waste or food products. The grenade is now resting safely on the kitchen table, waiting for Lucas to play with it. I can’t believe I went Dumpster diving for my son over a grenade the size of a pea! I guess it’s a bad idea to skip the coffee in the morning.

So, this week's question is how far will you go to help your kids? Tell us in the comments.

Bridget Chochole April 27, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Oh yes. I too have gone to where no woman should ever have to go... to the bottom of a very disgusting garbage bag looking for a lost treasure. It happens quite often in my house due to the fact that my husband is famous for throwing away things that he feels are unnecessary (which is usually any toy that he finds laying around the house).
Frantiska Anirudhan April 28, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I guess I have the same opinion as your husband Bridget. Lately, I have been throwing toys out, especially little pieces of legos, puzzles, erasers, etc. I think they are unnecessary and I just got tired of picking them up. As far as how far will I go to help my kids with other things? FAR. I help my son with a lot of his school project, picking out clothes (if he needs my help), talk about things with him that he is embarrassed to talk about even with his dad, take him to skateboard ramps parks even though his little brother gets bored watching him (and I have a thousand things to do), etc. I guess we go far to keep the smiles on those little faces ;-).
Summer Scott April 28, 2011 at 04:13 AM
I would've done exactly the same for my son. And I did. Just last week I had to seek out the rubber band for his new Mousetrap Game - which I recalled seeing on his bedroom floor the night before and nearly throwing it out. I tried using the only rubber band I found in our house and tried using my ponytail holder too but they just weren't the exact fit. So I searched all the garbage cans in the house looking for one little rubber band. No luck. We still can't get the darn thing to work right despite trying nearly every type of rubber band and I have a feeling my cat kicked it into some dark corner. Time will tell!
Janis Reid April 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM
These little things that you are dealing with now are just the tip of the iceberg. As they get older, it just keeps getting better.
Steven Jack (Editor) April 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Oh no Janis! Don't tell me that!!!

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