If you only have sweet little babies you might find the title of this post hard to believe. But as your chubby little cherubs grow up, even just into toddlers you may find my words floating back to you. But by then it might be too late!
What I say to you is true. Your child is a thief. All children steal! Yes even this sweet little thing:
Toddlers will pick things up, whether it be your purse out of your open bag, the car keys or that important letter you need to post today or someone will come and tow your car away. They will be attracted to it, play with it a bit where they find it, no one notices so they wander off with the liberated item and either get bored and drop it where they just happen to be standing, or they will hide it. Because of course the bank card lives inside the Green Eggs and Ham book, where else would it go?
Then you have the kids, like this young chap:
This age group will “borrow” things that look cool, and then repurpose them. They are the unrivalled experts in following the “reuse, recycle” mantra. Your favourite, and very expensive, makeup brush is the perfect size for their archaeology kit for when they go digging up dinosaurs in the garden. Or that necklace you left on the bathroom windowsill? Well of course that would look exquisite with their build-a-bear’s brand new party dress, or, would make a great rope to tie up action man’s enemy!
Of course once they’ve finished with their newly acquired bounty they will leave them in some random place, usually in a heavy traffic area, perfectly situated to be stood on and either get crushed by big people shoes or jab the owners of those shoes in the foot!
Then you get to the unconquered swindlers, the masters of larceny, the perfectionsts of pilfering. Yes you’ve guessed it:
Once your child hits the tween/teen years your precious possessions are no longer safe, ever! Be warned, they will steal everything.
You might not even realise that your child is a thief before this age. But no snack will go unnoticed by the probing eyes of teenage boys. No item of jewellery, clothing, shoes or accessories will protected from the wandering fingers of a teenage girl. Be prepared to lose your phone, headphones, gadgets, books, in fact anything your teen might take a fancy to that is cooler than their stuff and that doesn’t belong to them.
So what can you do to protect your stuff?
Okay, it’s too late for me, I realised far too late to save most of my things, but I can still help you. You still might have time!
You really need to start planning when your kids are about this big:
But at the latest before your babies get mobile you need to start finding hiding places for your stuff. When they are little you can get away with moving things up out of the way but this isn’t good enough in the long run!
You really need to think about hiding things from people your own size. Its inevitable some of your belongings will get pilfered. But you can think ahead and protect your most precious and important possessions by finding the perfect hidey holes. Here are a few places that might come in handy:
With your cleaning products – No teen is ever going to look there, ever, just in case they get roped into doing some extra chores.
In the back of your underwear drawer – Chances are slim that a teenage girl will want to rummage through there, especially if your knickers are more Granny panty than thong!
In the back of the junk drawer – Again a child will avoid this area in case they get told to clean it out.
In the bottom of the washing basket – It’s very rare any youngster will ever go near one of these objects. 90% of teens probably couldn’t even name it if shown a picture. (I might have made that statistic up, but I bet it’s close!)
With the vegetables – If you are trying to hide a yummy snack that you are saving for after kids bedtimes the only way it is 100% guaranteed not to get munched on is by hiding it with the healthy stuff. There’s not many kids who will go searching through the broccoli and green beans for an after school snack!
If all else fails, buy a safe. But please remember to screw it to the floor or it may end up as the table in a dolls tea party!
I use headphones to watch TV in bed to avoid waking O. Almost every night I used to have to go searching for them. But now I have found the perfect hiding place! I hang them on the hook that’s on the back of my bedroom door. That doesn’t get closed. Voila, out of sight out of mind, so to speak 😀
Do you have children who are forever “borrowing” and losing your stuff? What sort of hiding places have you used? Or are your kids still tiny. Are you heeding my warning and planning ahead?