Where have all the forks gone?

United States
October 2, 2008 11:43am CST
My son loves to help. He has recently started helping clear the table after meals. Mysteriously, since he has started to help, we have fewer and fewer forks. It's gotten so I have to wash the forks after dinner to use for dessert. Where have they been disappearing to, I've been wondering. Well, last night I got my answer. I found one in the garbage. It seems that he thinks that since used napkins go in the garbage, it stands to reason that used forks do, also. Great, now at least I know so I can correct him and prevent further fork loss, but the ones that are gone are gone forever. I have to buy more, since we are down to so few now. Has your child ever done something like this? How did you go about changing the behavior?
8 responses
• United States
10 Oct 08
I'm laughing, is that okay. My kids never threw stuff like that away, they did hide dirty clothes but I eventually found them. I guess you should invest in some plastic silverware, he can toss those and not feel bad.
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• United States
3 Oct 08
That's funny, sillychick! At least your little one did it innocently. When my daughter was about 12, we figured she was old enough to do the dishes on her own and take turns with her older brother and sister (it was always MY job when I was growing up). I didn't think much of it the first time that I couldn't find the loaf pan that I wanted to use for banana bread - I figured that one of my little boys had sneaked it outside to use for digging or some such thing and it would turn up. Then my spaghetti pot disappeared. Then my favorite saucepan. I went on a rant about it, and told my two boys that they were not allowed to play with anyone or anything until they found my missing pots and pans - I still was figuring that they were taking them to play with. My seven year old just looked up at me and said, "Ma, they're in the dumpster. Em throws them out when she does the dishes." And here I'd been so proud that she was even putting the dishes away and had never once complained about scrubbing the pots. No wonder!
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
3 Oct 08
Thats very interesting to read Sillychick! Well now since my kids have grown up I don't remember much . I remember one incident when once we had gone out of town leaving our kids with my sis-in-law. When we came back we brought two metal toy birds, one for each. My younger son is destructive by nature and the elder one is just the opposite. Now as soon as the younger son took the bird he broke it into two pieces. Now he was waiting for his brother to part with it because he was feeling jealous that why his toy is intact. In the afternoon, elder one kept his toy in the drawer and took a nap. On seeing this, younger son went to his drawer, broke into pieces and kept it back. He was very happy!
@sandra966 (269)
• Spain
3 Oct 08
Oh that is so cute! My kids never did that, although we do have some mistakes with the recycling. We have separate bins for card, glass, plastic and then normal rubbish. The kids have got it pretty much sussed, the husband however is still having problems. Why can't he work out where tins should go, and what plastic looks like? I'll have to get the kids to help him! Lol.
@cbreeze (1209)
• United States
2 Oct 08
I think you should only have to explain to him what to do. I think he will understand and still be excited about helping. He just didn't understand. I think my kids still do throw utensils away and they are 8 up to 24 years old. It's the only explanation I have for the increasingly shrinking amount of utensils. I think they do it accidentally. They just don't pay attentions when they scrape their plates, I guess.
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@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
2 Oct 08
thats funny. being a mom, as soon as i started reading i knew you were going to say you found them in the garbage. i've gone through that with my kids too. i just kept an eye on them for awhile until they got the hang of what goes in the garbage and what doesn't. it didn't take them long to figure it out. sometimes they will ask if they aren't sure about something like empty pudding cups or something.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
funny and cute... well i have the same yet opposite, our spoons are getting fewer since my kid starting prepare the table but the mystery is still left unsolved, i look at the garbage bin i might find it there! hehehe and what is always missing are her crayons! everytime i buy her a new one, i would emphasize that she put it back where it belong, but seems like she still cannot get it... the next day i would find her crayons missing and the boxes empty!hmmm..
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
3 Oct 08
My 20 month old daughter has the opposite problem. She thinks everything needs to go in the sink. I have found all sorts of wrappers and empty boxes floating on top of the dish water.