Is it okay for 8 yo's to want to hang on to everything they've ever had?
Philip(9) likes hanging on to everything he has ever owned. He even went so far as to take back the baby toys (rattles, etc) from his little sister as she outgrew them. A couple of things have made it easier for him to give up stuff.
1)We packed up the old toys and put them in the garage. They are still here which made it easier for him to part with them. The deal is that if he has not asked for stuff in that box in one year it all goes off to charity. If he asks for something I will go get it but he is not going to go back through the box to see what else he might want to keep. It has worked wonders and made it easier for him to get rid of old toys he no longer plays with.
2)When he found out that one of his sister's friends was into Rescue Heroes he decided on his own to first give them all the vhs tapes we had. About a month later he came to me and said that he bet W and his little brother would love to have his old RH stuff and told me to pack it up and take it over to them. So finding a "home" for his stuff made it easier for him to give it up. For some reason it felt right if he knew the person getting it rather than it going off on a truck to some charity store.
He still has tons of stuff and I think we need to go through it all again but he has gotten better about it now.
I will have to run the packing things up by her Daddy!!!!
Update on the pack rat!!!!
This past Monday I had the day off and spent the afternoon with BF's DD8 and DD16.