Or are kids tough on stuff?
Or maybe it's just boys?
It seems every time I turn around something else is broken, bent, or torn.
Sometimes it is fixable. Sometimes it is ruined.
We are trying to instill a respect for belongings, and the responsibility of care, without leading to a love of things.
People are more important than stuff. But people need to take care of their stuff.
Sometimes I think if they would only use things for their intended purpose, in the way they were intended to be used, then maybe so much wouldn't end up broken. But where is the room for creativity? For invention and exploration?
In the end, I've decided this issue is like so many others, and there isn't one answer. It depends.
So we continue. To teach them to take care of their things, and the things of others. To value people more than stuff. To show grace when it truly was as accident. And to discipline when it wasn't.
Is it just us? Or do too many things get broken at your house, too?
P.S. I am not incriminating Alan with these pics of him. I just happened to like them, and the fact they contain approximately 1,000 pieces. Also, there wasn't anything broken today. No 'straw that broke the camel's back' and led to this post. :)