Are your children deprived?
Do they lack for things that should be provided for them?
Apparently mine are.
I have heard it many times.
Now when I think of a deprived child, I think about a small tyke who is living in a shack without a roof and eating only a small cup of rice a day. Do you remember the Feed the Children commercials with Sally Struthers?
To me the images in those commercials depict true deprivation.
I have been told more than a few times in the last few years that my children are deprived.
Deprived because I wouldn’t take them to McDonald’s.
Deprived because I wouldn’t allow them to attend traditional school and forced them to be homeschooled.
My vegetarian children, were deprived because I wouldn’t let them eat meat.
Deprived because I wouldn’t buy them a Wii or cell phones.
Deprived because I took them on too many field trips and mini vacations.
Sounds like real deprivation right?
Eating beans, being homeschooled, lots of life experiences and no video games.
While many in our country will never see true deprivation, I am startled by how our nation’s prosperity has warped the American mind into not being to recognize true depravity.
Our children need love, shelter, food and clothing.
They do not need an xbox, a cell phone,or 1000s of toys.
They need a place to run.
A place to yell and get dirty.
Yesterday, the girls and I took on the mess that was their room. It really was a mess.
Don’t let the picture fool you.
We had piled everything on top of the bed because there wasn’t a place to walk.
They had stopped playing in it because the mess was taking over.
Typically,I don’t require them to be neat nicks. I knew they needed help though when they stopped playing and sleeping in there. That was a warning sign that help may be needed.
We had a blast.
I went into their room with two bags and I told them that one bag was for the things that were broken or trash and that the other bag was for toys or books they felt they wanted to pass on to someone else. They were quick studies. In no time at all they had filled both the donation bag and the trash bag.
I did not pressure them. I was a little grossed out by the mess but I kept it to myself.
About 40% of the furniture that was in the room was removed. They didn’t want it and it was taking up valuable play real estate.
Lastly, we removed their bed frame and put the box spring and mattress on the floor near a window. I had read alot about the Montesorri Method and floor beds yesterday, and I thought my daughter Moo, who loves things that are simple, would love it.
We still have a lot of clearing out to do, especially in the clothes department. But this was enough for one day.
Overall, the room is so much more useful. I will have to post some after pictures.
They girls loved it and immediately starting playing.
They had donated ALOT of toys, keeping only what they loved.
They love their plain room full of items that they loved and cherished.
You might say they are deprived.
I say they are happy.