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10yr old dd keeps losing things-latest item over £100

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hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 10:59:31

My 10 dd1 is a scatterbrain(seems to have inherited it from me and her grandad) and so this term has lost a coat and a jumper but she has now lost the crook fom the mini-basson we rent from the music department. to replace this will cost £168.50, if the music department want us to pay(as I expecting as it is our responsibility) I have told her she will get no pocket money until it turns up or she has paid back the money it has cost us. AIBU

BeckAndCallWithBoughsOfHolly Tue 11-Dec-12 11:03:21

There is a good chance that the school/county music dept will have an insurance policy to cover this. Fingers crossed.

hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 11:05:27

thar's what we're hoping, also trying to hold of the lad who shares her lessons to make sure he's not picked it up by accident

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Tue 11-Dec-12 11:18:00

Let's hope it turns up or it's covered by insurance.

Incidentally if this is "inherited" did your parents make you pay for what you lost?

I know it's maddening and my DC2 has always been worse than DC1 for misplacing stuff. I didn't call her a scatterbrain, just careless. This time the lost object happens to be very expensive, are you proportionally more annoyed than over her losing her coat or jumper? Thankfully our DD seemed to grow out of it (or paying towards replacements sharpened her efforts). Keeping back all your DD's pocket money to cover all the replacement does seem unreasonable imo.

hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 11:29:33

My mum was a shouter and just got cross so I tended to try and replace things or try to hide that I'd lost things as I was worried about her reaction. As I got older she did make me replace things or refuse ti by replacements. I'm just getting really exasperated because it seems to be one thing after another at the moment and we can't really afford to replace this at the moment, the basson is insured on the house insurance but we have an excess of £250. I just feel that she is old enough to understand that lost things have to be made for/replaced paticularly if they belong to some one else

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Tue 11-Dec-12 11:46:42

You know how usually people describe their holidays by "the wet fortnight in Brittany", "the one when we camped and got flooded", "the one where X learned to swim in the sea"?

We used to categorise them by what DC2 lost - "the one when she put the book in the back of the hire car and forgot", "the time we went by train to Z and she left her brand new jacket", "the one when she put down her bag in Arrivals and only remembered getting in the taxi" etc.

When they are tiny we look after all their things, as they grow older that degree of parental supervision is meant to lessen, I feel your pain.

bubby64 Tue 11-Dec-12 11:48:09

My son (yr 7) has lost his whole PE kit (replacement cost about £90, as included football boots, trainers, mouthguard etc), his coat, and now his mobile phone- he just doesnt seem to care! I have said that he will be getting the replacement PE kit for his main Christmas present, as I couldnt afford this and what he want.
Thank God he is learning Drums at school, so the only thing he has to take are his drumsticks, or he would have lost something there too!

Acky123 Tue 11-Dec-12 11:50:49

What's a basson?

I don't know how you can make her take better care of her things, but perhaps she could do jobs/lose pocket money towards paying for what she's lost. Must be infuriating, is she upset about the things she has lost?

LaQueen Tue 11-Dec-12 12:33:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 12:33:38

She was upset when she realised she'd lost so at least she does care about the fact that she has lost it and we have told her that money will being coming out of pocket meny to replace it if it is not located. I had asked the school to check today with the teacher to see if she or the ohter pupil has it but the teacher will have left by now and the school hasn't phoned me. I'll have to ask the office tonight and if necessary to try to speak the other pupil myself and then ring the music department myself

hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 12:36:34

by the way the bassoon is big woodwind instrument, the full size one when pit together would be about as tall as my dd, thankfully she plays a mini one. I always accompany it to school aven though it is one the house insurance as a new one would be about £2500

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Tue 11-Dec-12 12:43:06

LaQueen, do tell, what's the story regarding your DH and a BMW? (agog).

BabysPointlessPocket Tue 11-Dec-12 12:47:12

I used to 'lose' a lot of things around that sort of age, my parents were at there wits end with me. The truth...I was being bullied and having them taken from me but I was too scared to admit it sad

LaQueen Tue 11-Dec-12 12:48:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Tue 11-Dec-12 13:18:31

smile shall do!

hooper02 Tue 11-Dec-12 13:28:38

babys, don't think things are being taken as she loses things all place, jumper on bus, coat at guides etc, think it probably got left behind when packing away after lesson

TiaMariaandEggnog Tue 11-Dec-12 14:07:56

link to the BMW story - LaQueen's DH takes losing things to a whole new level!!

SDTGisAChristmassyWolefGenius Tue 11-Dec-12 14:12:21

He is the ne plus ultra of losing things.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 11-Dec-12 14:12:57

I would see if you can claim on your household insurance.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 11-Dec-12 14:14:37

Sorry, just read abut your excess.
In future is it worth considering getting specific instrument insurance? We get dds instruments insured through Allianz.

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Tue 11-Dec-12 14:16:28

Thanks Tia!
Glad your DH is to quote: yummy and generous, highly educated and very articulate to make up for that, LaQueen!!

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Tue 11-Dec-12 14:16:32

this is the policy
It doesn't have an excess on it.

hooper02 Wed 12-Dec-12 13:25:19

found it!!! teacher spotted it when tidying up after lesson and had taken it for safekeeping, £170 saved. Phew

DonkeysInTheStableAtMidnight Wed 12-Dec-12 13:34:35

Yaay! Congrats.

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