Big Family? Color Codes!

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 by No Comments
Big Family? Color Codes!

One of the hardest adjustments that my husband has had to make is dealing with the differences in a normal size family (two kids and two adults) and a large family (eight kids, one son in law, three grandkids plus my multiple personalities).

You don’t think much about these differences until you get smacked in the face with them.

Toothbrushes, for example. Have you noticed that if you buy the big pack at Costco that there are almost always at least two toothbrushes that are the same color? While that might not be a problem in a small family, in a large family it could be the end of the world as we know it.

That’s my toothbrush!

No it isn’t!

Yes it is! MOOOOOOOOOM, he has my tooth brush… IN HIS MOUTH!

Child removes toothbrush from his mouth.

No it isnt, see?

First child shrugs in relief.

You’re right! That’s the one I used to scrub the grout around the sink with! Whew!

You get the idea. The only way to get through it is to color coordinate everything, from towels and toothbrushes to cups and flip flops. Depending on how many kids you have, even the color coordinating can be tough, but it is better than nothing.

Basically each child picks a different color, hopefully without argument. You then assign that color, let’s just say red, to your child. Now you get everything in that color or mark it with that color.

  • A red clothes basket
  • Red towels and washcloths
  • Red toothbrush
  • Red cup

And so on. The things that can’t be gotten in that color should be marked with permanent markers, nail polish or whatever works and won’t wash out.

It’s not going to stop all of the arguments, but it will stop some of them.

photo credit: Phil and Pam via photopin cc

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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