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Teaching Kids How to Find Lost Things

Next time your kids can’t find their supermostimportantspecial thing, walk them through these steps (P.S. They work for grown-ups too!)

TAKE A DEEEP BREATH (OR 10!) Before you look, it’s important to get your body and mind calm. When you’re stressed out, it’s hard to focus and “see” what could be right in front of you.

PICTURE WHERE YOU HAD IT LAST Go to that place. If you can’t remember, go to the area where your lost thing is supposed to be. If you are positive it’s not there, start in the messiest place in the house.

PUT ON YOUR X-RAY VISION GOGGLES Ok, you may have to pretend, but when you start searching, really imagine that you can see through things!

START LOOKING Slowly look under and around large pieces of furniture. Lift up papers, or books that might be covering your item. Check all the nooks and crannies: in between cushions, inside bins, in corners. You get the idea.

NO LUCK IN YOUR FIRST SPOT? Move on to the next likely area. Search there following the same careful steps. If you feel yourself getting very worried, take a break until you feel calmer.

Chances are, they’ll eventually find whatever they’re looking for (even if it takes a couple of days). But if they don’t, let the kids know it’s ok to feel sad and upset. Talking to you will help!

One the best ways not to lose track of stuff? Clear out the clutter! We’ve got advice on how to get your kids to help