You may not know this, but my kids are different colors. No, it’s not an ethnic thing. It’s an organizational necessity.
Somewhere along the line between child number 3 and child number 4, I learned that the abundance of used drinking cups was going to drive me batty. Each child, concerned that he would get cooties if he used someone else’s cup by accident, would get a new cup everytime he was thirsty. After finding fifty-two cups lined up on the counter, I decided to change protocol.
I picked up several packages of rainbow colored, plastic cups at StuffMart. Blue, Teal, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Pink. For the longest time Orange and Pink were relegated to company. But now, six cups, six kids – everyone has his own color. And you better not be drinking out of it if it’s not yours!
Each child leaves his cup on the counter by the frig. Generally, each child only uses one or two of his cups in a day. But, we always know whose is whose. And I’m not washing more than a handful (or two) of cups each day. It’s definitely been a change for the better.
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