Last night I was going through graded schoolwork and tests that my school-aged kids have brought back home. I was created a big recycle-pile next to me, but I still check in with my kids once in a while to make sure they know we are getting rid of things.
One of my 12 year olds wanted to keep her math homework/ tests in a folder in her desk. That was reasonable to me, so I handed her math work back to her without debate. My other 12 year old (yes, they’re twins) didn’t want to keep her work. When I asked and even told her what her sister was doing, she shook her head and said “I don’t think I’ll go back and look at them. I don’t need to keep them.”
So, without any drama, I put them in the recycle pile.
This was my daughter, the very one who once wanted to keep every piece of garbage.
It never ceases to amaze me how people, especially children, can learn and grow and change.
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