Collecting Collections


June 11, 2012 by Marj Hatzell

I’m the first to admit I don’t always understand my kids.

And I don’t mean understand, in a communication way. I mean understand, as in  “what the heck are they thinking and how do I get inside that brain?”

To wit:

Bugaboo’s collections. As long as this child has been mobile he has had little “collections.” He’ll pick up odds and ends from around the house and take them back to his “home base.” Home base is wherever he decides he is hanging out that day. For example, the trampoline. Daddy’s closet. The basement playrooom and/or swing. The Living Room couch. And now that the floors are torn up and there’s no furniture except in the Family Room, he hangs out there. Now, we have this GIGANTIC sectional. HUGE. It’s bigger than two full-sized couches put together. We bought it a few years ago because, well, large family. Family gatherings. ‘Nuff said.

Anywho, Bugaboo can fill the entire couch with his “collections.” And lately, since he’s been in that fantastic mood, he’s got days worth of stuff surrounding him.

But this isn’t good for him. I know that. I KNOW he needs to get out and play. I KNOW he shouldn’t be sitting at home with a blanket over his head, playing the ipad for hours. We’re really struggling. But when he jumps around the house and has his little collections going? I know he’s doing better.

Because if he’s making a holy mess? Eating lotion? Stealing my utensils? He’s back to being Bugaboo.

8 thoughts on “Collecting Collections

  1. You know I have very deep feeling about doing what makes YOU happy and not letting someone else’s opinion of what you “should” be doing get in the way of your peace.

  2. Flannery says:

    If I lived by the code of “shoulda’s”, I would have already had that nervous breakdown I keep threatening to have. If he’s happy, then go with it. Just go for little excursions when you can, like to the store. I wouldn’t worry too much about him roosting in his nest because, frankly, that’s what I’d do if I didn’t have to leave the house and be gainfully employed.

  3. aidanmama says:

    my son is a collector, too! every ball we own is on the trampoline, AND he still jumps on it to create that popcorn effect. He has been doing this for years and somehow has managed to NOT sprain an ankle! (knock wood)

    often his collections have a theme…lately everything has to be a rainbow. He was very upset yesterday because there were no more purple water balloons! Luckily, he is still way into the pool, trampoline, and swingset…with intermittent breaks on the computer 🙂 Hope your Bugaboo rediscovers the great outdoors soon!

  4. Bec Oakley says:

    He’s doing what he needs to do to feel right with the world again. You might never find out why he needs to do that, but for now this is him trying to get some order and make sense of things. To feel safe. And to him, this is play. It might not look like what everyone says play should look like, but it’s achieving all the same goals… exploring and learning about the world, having fun.

  5. It’s so wonderful that you can see the good in his collections, and appreciate him for who he is.

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