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my son and loosing gloves and me loosing my mind

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carocaro Wed 01-Dec-10 17:21:20

He's 8.

Three pairs in three weeks.

What can I do?

I can't leave him gloveless to get cold hands in the snow.

He cried when I made a string though his coat to hold them in as he did not want the piss taken out of him.

Thank F**K for the pile it high sell it cheap that is Sports Sirect, they have good one's for a £5, but still we don't have £ to burn.

He put's them down and can't remember. He is dyslexic so organisation has never been his strong point. Have searched school lost property etc etc etc.


carocaro Wed 01-Dec-10 17:21:56

Sports Direct that is.

bigchris Wed 01-Dec-10 17:21:59

losing grin

make him buy new ones from poundlnad with his pocket money

ilovehens Wed 01-Dec-10 17:36:57

I make my son(12) buy new things out of his pocket money. He's recently lost a new pair of pe shorts and he's just paid £7.50 for some new ones.

He also lost a new school watch after only having it for about a week. Again, he had to buy another one for £15.00 which is what the original one cost.

My son has a very poor memory as well, but memory can be improved with routine and training.

Losing his pocket money might make him concentrate a little better. Make sure he goes to the store to buy them as well and he has to hand the money over.

MrManager Wed 01-Dec-10 17:38:03

Make him put them in the coat pocket as soon as he takes them off. Make sure that the gloves are only ever on his hands or in his pockets. If he still loses them then some little blighter is nicking them.

SandStorm Wed 01-Dec-10 17:40:06

Can you sew name tags in each one in the hope that they'll eventually find their way back to him?

janajos Wed 01-Dec-10 18:33:40

loose means not tight, lose is what happens when you mislay/can't find something. I am so fed up with seeing this spelt incorrectly. Apologies for not commenting otherwise on thread, but at least now you know.

emptyshell Wed 01-Dec-10 18:56:17

Buy in bulk of an identical style so that if one from each pair gets lost you've still got a matching pair?

Speaking as an adult - I'm forever losing gloves - they usually fall out of my coat pocket when I'm getting things in and out of there - have you tried drilling him to shove them down the arm of his coat rather than in his pocket when he takes his coat off? Harder to forget something when your arm comes up against it next time you put your coat on.

But yeah - I just buy tonnes of pairs of gloves over the course of the winter... gloves and umbrellas... never did master the art of not losing them.

maypole1 Wed 01-Dec-10 18:58:03

string my son is 10 and still has string attached to his gloves and i belive the £1 shop do gloves smile any body says anything i tell him to tell them at least my hands are warm

eatyourveg Wed 01-Dec-10 19:03:19

sew in about 4 inches of ribbon on each glove and sew that onto the cuff of the coat so they are inseparable

with ds2 I always had to sew them onto string which is threaded through the arms and through the hook in the neck which you hang the coat on. Did it till he got to secondary school then went with the cuffs as it was less conspicuous.

Hassledge Wed 01-Dec-10 19:06:57

I share your pain - in my case it's 12 year old DS2. Two pairs gone in less than 10 days.

TattyDevine Wed 01-Dec-10 19:09:49

You either sanction him with pocket money or some other kind of perk, or you do "natural consequences" and let him go cold/forbid from playing in the snow (not sure how feasible that is for a 12 year old)

Obviously if you just keep buying more he wont care. But you know that, and I'm sure you are not doing that without bollocking.

But if bollocking doesn't work you need a plan, stan!

brownsauce Wed 01-Dec-10 19:14:33

Is he losing the gloves because they are to loose?
just a thought...

ShanahansRevenge Wed 01-Dec-10 19:14:58

Buy those plastic key ring clips...or even boy-character type ones...put a few stitches in his coat cuff and attach the rings,,,and then attach a few inches of thin elastic to his glove...attach it all together.

brownsauce Wed 01-Dec-10 19:15:35


create Wed 01-Dec-10 19:18:06

Tesco have two packs of knitted gloves for £1. Not as nice as his good gloves, but better than nothing for a DS who regularly loses them.

My 9yo regularly goes to school without gloves though and when he has them, I doubt they ever come out of his pocket - or he'd lose them more often!

create Wed 01-Dec-10 19:18:56

That's two pair packs - 4 gloves grin

tinselthechaffinch Wed 01-Dec-10 19:28:00

God, I'm sure the OP must be really grateful for all the unasked for grammatical criticism and sarcasm.hmm

OP, I feel your pain. I have an 8 year old ds who keeps forgetting to hand his homework in and a toddler who will not wear a hat or keep her hood up.

emptyshell Wed 01-Dec-10 19:37:42

One thing I did manage to do with a kid who was driving me to distraction in school with constantly losing things (in his case it was his glasses) was to talk about how I have to have set places I put things down in (so I used the examples of my mobile phone, car keys and glasses) so I know where to go find them again. We then worked out somewhere he could leave his glasses in the class, a special spot for him to put them (he actually nicked my whiteboard rubber spot) and once he had that system set in his head - the problem was pretty much solved for him. Took a bit of us working together to explicitly work out a routine and place for him to keep his stuff but it did work (and it's how I live my own life to solve the glorious "oh fuck where are my glasses I can't see properly to find them" moment).

Might be worth seeing if there's a way to work around it with his teacher at school similar to that?

Another thought - he's not losing the gloves intentionally is he? I've also got a really bizarre thing where I can't stand the feeling of wool gloves on my fingers - I just can't bear it - so I never wore gloves for years unless forced to - these days I wear lots of those flip top mitten ones or the cuff ones that don't actually have that ikky wool on fingertips thing going on in them.

(Yes OK I'm an irrational nutball but it's like nails on a chalkboard awful to me!)

mrsruffallo Wed 01-Dec-10 20:02:26

But this is a grammatical error that is very common MN-I think it does need pointing out, sorry.

notanicebag Wed 01-Dec-10 20:40:00

I purchased two pairs of mittens for a £1 is Asda for ds. He lost 1 the first time he wore them. DD has so many odd pairs i have lost count. However, dd has also lost a coat and a skirt. Thankfully both of thoIe turned up.

carocaro Wed 01-Dec-10 21:09:45

Loose/Lose - see I have lost my mind!

As for the grammar nit pickers, it's a relaxed forum not a Penguin Classic or the Queen's Speech. Do you also slap people on the back of the head for slouching in the supermarket?

You all knew what I was on about so does it really matter? So you look at every post and correct them? What a YAWN. See notanicebag's post she uses a lower case i instead of an upper case I - march her off to the Tower of London!!!!!

Seriously though, we have talked again about it all, the cost etc etc and have decided that, as suggested the gloves only every get zipped in his coat when not in use and I will dry them each night.

Great ideas emptyshell and he has lost three different types!

His class cloakroom is a total tip, I may just have to go in and sort it, I can't bear it!

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 01-Dec-10 21:35:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

janajos Wed 01-Dec-10 22:00:20

Not nit-picking, as mrs ruffallo says it is a very common mistake on MN and it does bear pointing out. Just don't do it again!!

carocaro Thu 02-Dec-10 09:44:22


Does it really matter?

Why does does it 'bear pointing out'?

This is why MN gets bad press, from people like you being smug, nit-picking and superior.

Do people like you actually take some pleasure and pride in this sort of thing and telling me off 'don't do it again' who the hell do you think you are?


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