How do you do it?
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
This is something I have heard for years! Friends, family and even strangers when they find out I have 6 children, 9 animals, a ministry, a job and volunteering. Soooo, I thought it would be fun to answer all those questions. Take it or leave it I may have a little advice that could help you out.
I have read tons of parenting books, I have attended parenting classes, and listened to every mentor I could find when it came to parenting. Do I have it all right, ABSOLUTELY NOT!! I fail on a daily basis in the parenting, wife, housekeeper department but I can definitely relate to all sorts of random situations.
Send me your questions and I’ll tell you how I do it.
Let’s start with matching socks…..(my kids are older now but this is how I handled it when I was in charge of all of the laundry)
How do I keep track of the kids socks? When they were little and all wore different sizes I numbered them. Starting from oldest (1) to youngest (6). Each time I bought a new set of socks I would buy all the same brand and style. I used a sharpie marker and on the toe and I would write the appropriate number for the appropriate child, When they came out of the dryer it was super easy to match and the kids could help as well.
We even had a time when each of the kids “colors” (yes each of my kids have a color) I would dot that on the toe, and again, easy peasy matching. Over the course of several years, and the changing sock trend the kids started wearing black socks, crazy color socks and the list goes on and on… They also all began wearing the same size socks and I could never keep them matched.
These days 95% of their socks are the "no show" and my kids began taking the “no show” motto to heart.
Their theory, if they don’t show they don’t have to match!
Contrary to my need to be extremely organized and completely OCD about everything this was one thing I had to let go!! So we now have a sock bin.
There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to it and the kids could care less that their socks don’t match. I just don't look! But the never ending sock drama came to an end. We have done this for years.
The mistake I made was not being the one who invented the "no matching" sock trend... I could be making a fortune being a NON matching sock designer, missed opportunity! haha
So there you have it, all socks go into a community bin and the kids dig out two socks when they need them, no more matching, no colors, no numbering. Different, yes! Perfect, NO! Less stress and time on the matching department, yes!
Send me your questions, I would love to share how I do it, and take suggestions for improvement.
Until next time,