Coming Clean: My Son is Obsessed with Trash
Well – it’s finally time for me to come clean on this blog.
Is obsessed with trash.
It’s no minor thing. It’s huge. It’s been going on for nearly two years now.
At first, we humored him a little bit. We bought him a garbage truck. I would hide pieces of paper around the house, and he would pretend he was a garbage man and hunt for trash.
And then we started to get really annoyed by it. He wasn’t playing “appropriately” with any of his toys. Everything was “trash” and got thrown into the pretend landfill or recycling pile. I got really tired of having to sort toys out of a huge landfill every time Alice wanted to play with something.
We talked and talked with Miles. We tried to work with him on putting things away and keeping toys sorted. It felt like a never-ending battle.
Recently – we have reached a great compromise.
The living room is now his landfill. The pillows are his trash. The couch is his main dumping grounds.
This means that our living room often looks like this:
(The bike is Even Steven’s)
And on days when I’m feeling really generous – and have a lot of recycling to take out – our living room might look like this:
Once we set some ground rules and started accepting his obsession, Miles is as happy as ever. And I am too.
He knows that he has to pick up his landfill before nap and bedtime. He’s using his imagination constantly.
And Alice can find her toys – because they’re not kept in the living room landfill.
And – we found that there are other people like us (and Miles). A quick YouTube search for trash videos unearthed hundreds of videos of – garbage trucks. Just random people videotaping their local garbage person taking out the trash.
And now Miles likes to talk about frontloaders and sideloaders and says things like, “That’s a frontloader mom. It’s popular in Australia, but we don’t see them very often in Cincinnati.”
And, “Oh my gosh. You HAVE to see this, mom. They’re throwing away a basketball hoop!”
I see a trip to the local landfill in our future…
What are your kids obsessed with?