‘Daddy, Daddy….peeeeerrrrrrrlllllleeeeeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeeee can I come with you? Please, please, please?’ pleaded Poppet my 4yo as I said I was off to the local tip.
Activity Idea: A trip to the tip
Ingredients: You, your kid(s), a car boot full of crap destined for landfill and a local tip that is open
Weather: All year round but best to avoid wet conditions as these can be slippy
I grew up in a house that had a very large garden.
Although my parents thought that they were educating me in the nuances of hard labour and financial reward through sweeping up hundreds of bags of leaves each year at 10p a bag, in actual fact it has left me with the condition that I break into a cold sweat when the word gardening is mentioned.
A part of the above involved countless trips to the local tip to jettison aforementioned bags of leaves into large steel containers.
The amount of time we spent doing this year was ridiculous and I refuse to become that parent that inflicts this sort of child cruelty on their own kids.
On a Monday morning at school, as I listened to other kids recount the exciting things they got up to over the weekend, I could not help but feel really jealous. All I had to share was the highlight of my weekend was that my Dad had bought me a new pair of gardening gloves as my old ones had worn out (child labour I tell you!).
So it was with much trepidation that I agreed at the weekend to take my eldest daughter Poppet (4yo) on one of my rare trips to the local tip. There are certain things that I am adamant that I will not inflict on my children and one of them is countless trips to the tip!
Weekends are for having fun.
Anyway it turned out to be a really fun experience and provided an opportunity to introduce poppet to where rubbish and items go for recycling.
I must admit I was a bit wary of vehicles pulling in and out of the parking but apart from that it was really safe and Poppet really enjoyed running up and down and seeing what was in each of the containers.
A nice experience and not one bag of leaves anywhere!!!
Do you exploit your kids for child labour?
Do you take them on trips to the tip?
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