I am trying to teach my kids to appreciate daily items, like pencils, that we often take for granted. When I was growing up, I remember using pencils down until they were little stubs (partially because I was obsessed with using only finely sharpened pencils). Fortunately, the price of pencils have been drastically reduced over the years (If you calculate the costs adjusted for inflation). I take a permanent marker and label each pencil with my name or my kids' initials so we learn to keep track of them.
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