As I sit down at this computer trying to think of a helpful idea or tip for growing families I am at a blank. I even asked my husband, can you think of anything that we do that could be helpful for growing families and he just gave me a stare. I told him that was exactly how I was feeling. We have five boys and two girls ranging from age 9 to 6 months old. The boys being first and then two girls. That makes a big difference when you look at large families of different gender order. Five boys first makes a big difference in the dynamics of the home. I wonder if Mother Hen would agree as well. You would think I would have some ideas!!
Anyway, my tip this week is for preserving the children's clothes. We notice that the boys clothes kept getting stretch out and not lasting as long. We decided to try something to see if it would work in order to help the clothes last longer. We make them sleep in their pajamas for nap times. That means that they have to change their clothes twice a day. They take off their clothes, put them on their shelf, put on pajamas, nap, and put their clothes back on. I really wondered if this would make a difference when my husband came up with the idea. Several years have passed since we instituted this policy and we have continued the PJ ritual. We were glad to say goodbye to the stretched out clothes. This allows us to pass down more clothes to the younger siblings. YEAH!
We also let our children wear the same clothes several days in a row if they are not too dirty. If we are not going anywhere then what does it matter. Plus, they are not getting in bed with these clothes on either! This also preserves the clothes and less loads of laundry:)
Not sure if this will help you or not but thought I would share "saving" clothes the Shelby way. Let me know what you do preserve clothes!
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