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Emilie Silverwood-Cope: The mystery that is school lost property



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Emilie Silverwood-Cope writes about Parenting Truths.

A uniform ready for school - but will all it come back with your child later that day?(52876852)
A uniform ready for school - but will all it come back with your child later that day?(52876852)

There’s an experience fundamental to being a parent that I’ve never seen written about in any parenting book. I know it matters enormously though because not a week goes by when this issue isn’t raised via a class WhatsApp group. If you pay attention, you can see a parent trying to resolve this problem in real life, every single day. It’s the background hum to every drop off and pick up. It’s dealing with lost property.

“Has anyone seen Max’s jumper? It’s brand new, he’s only worn for three minutes and it’s named” is the standard message sent to the class WhatsApp group approximately 14 times every week. No one has seen Max’s jumper because we are all too busy looking for our own child’s missing items. You’re on your own with lost property, there’s no one who can help. We’ve barely the time to deal with the stuff our own children are shedding on a daily basis.



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