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 donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my toothbrush!
No it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t!
Yes it is! MOOOOOOOOOM, he has my tooth brushÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ IN HIS MOUTH!
Child removes toothbrush from his mouth.
No it isnt, see?
First child shrugs in relief.
YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re right! ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be gotten in that color should be marked with permanent markers, nail polish or whatever works and wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wash out.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to stop all of the arguments, but it will stop some of them.