It has become my plight in life to struggle with socks, growing up with five sisters I never had my own socks, and with eight in the family I was happy just to find a matching pair. Our family had an entire laundry basket full of socks (mostly unmatched) I would rummage through the basket most day’s (unless I hide a pair or too from the others) to find something for my feet. My Grandma would shake head disapprovingly, when she came to visit, “Tut-tut-tut, you girls, how can it be so difficult to keep your socks together? You take them off at the same time, put them in the laundry at the same time and take them out of the laundry at the same time, don’t you?” We tried to convince her that there was a sock monster in the washing machine but she would hear none of the sort.So now I have my own house. I still have miss-matched socks only not an entire laundry basket full. And I can live with the reality of mish-matched socks, but what I can not live with is struggling with a toddler to put her socks on. It is hard for children to coordinate their fingers to pull on socks only to have them twisted or upside down and have to re-do the task. But what I have discovered, quite by accident, is that when the socks have pictures on each side or on the front of the sock they know where to grab and can pull the sock on.
Also, buying socks that are a little too big will also help. In addition, I leave a pair of socks for each child in my shoe pocket by the door so I am not running back and forth to the bedroom to grab a pair of socks. Now, if I can only keep these socks together, that would have made my Grandma proud. For me, it is struggling with small tasks that tire me out, there are so many other matters to be concerned about when raising children like holding hands while crossing a street or not pulling hair, I don’t want socks to cause discourse or conflict. I wish I knew that a simple picture could make all the difference to help her put her own socks on; it would have saved me a lot of time and back bending.
Karyn for you – the lost princess
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