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September 17, 2005


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We have a sock monster too. I always feel like a shmuck for not being able to find socks for A., especially when my closest friends always know exactly where to find the little feet warmers for THEIR babies. Blah. Anyhow, I've always thought that if I could get it together enough, I'd either safety pin or clothes pin my socks together. Not sure if I would do it in the wash, but definitely for the dryer, where I SWEAR they get sucked out the back and taken to sock never-never (to be found) land. Just a thought. =)

I'm considering getting everyone a separate lingerie bag. Socks will have to go into their bags. Perhaps they will need two each. But the beauty is that the bags get washed too, and then I could just hand them their bags and say, sort and put in your drawer.

well, it sounds good in theory at least.

Hello Jamie,
This is a hot button, I know, so please forgive any crude phrasings on a delicate issue. As a foreigner living in the States, I'm suprised and slightly puzzled by the idea of home schooling. I've had it explained to me as a fundamentalist way of avoiding any contact with the government/state; I suspect you would explain it very differently, and would really like to hear your reasons and experiences. Any chance? This isn't a judgement in any way - how could I judge something I know nothign of? - just a hope for information. For instance, do you see yourself continuing only until the children are a certain age? How do you deal with a teaching subject that isn't you strong suit?

(Oh, and I just buy black socks. always. Incredibly boring, yes, but it keeps me functioning and sane. Besides, when was the last time you said 'what a creative, interesting person - you can tell by her socks!')

I've got a sock solution for you....I don't use it here, but I think it's a decent idea. Sock matching is something for *bored* children. Bored children are those who don't want to do schoolwork, children who want to pick at siblings, children who just want to watch tv all the time. The reason I don't actually use this is because my sweet angels never present with these behavior issues. Yup, uh-huh...it's true!

I have been buying the Hanes socks. The word "Hanes" is written on the sole of the sock...different colors for different sizes/children. The only problem with that is that THEY CHANGED THE SIZE/COLOR COORDINATION. Grrrr...my oldest wears the red ones, but I am finding that the red ones are two different sizes, now.

I have also decided that socks are disposable. If I buy a six-pack for each kid every 4-6 months (if they last that long), I am comfortable with tossing the older ones. Well, mostly comfortable. I don't like doing it. I try to toss them to the thrift shop, but sometimes they get tossed in the bin.

The boys' socks are not as much of a problem as the girls' socks. Oh, the color and style combinations are horrendous!! The boys have white sweat socks. And the younger has two pairs of dress socks for church. The older wears cowboy boots, so it doesn't matter what his socks look like. The girls each have several shades of pink and purple. Then there are the yellows and blues. We even have a set of orange/yellow/rust colored socks.

I won't say much about the baby's socks. I usually have barefooted wee'uns. I just bought her a six pack 3 weeks ago and had to scrape and dig to find the final pair church this chilly morning.

I'm just going to spraypaint their ankles and leave it at that.


I seem to remember reading in The Tightwad Gazette that plastic six-pack rings are handy for this. You stuff the socks through the rings and they stay together in the wash.

I've never tried it, though.

And I hate socks.

I'm with Sandy and coordinating the size and colors with the socks. And I would wash them in a sweater bag, which is a larger size lingiere bag. And I'm also with Sandy in deciding that socks are disposable.

And I'm so glad to hear that you're having a good year!

My aunt keeps a jar of safety pins by each hamper and pins the socks together before they go in the hamper - so they come out of the wash already matched - then she just takes the pins out before she puts them away, and puts the pin back in the jar. Now, she doesn't have small children anymore - but she swears she had the same system when hers were young. I haven't tried it yet though - but it seems to work for her.

I also have four boys. We will begin homeschooling our oldest this Fall. I still can't imagine my boys sitting and doing the things your boys are doing! I hope I can do it.

My mother in law had 5 sons and one daughter. Her sock method was to assign each child a specific color of socks - period. I don't know how well that worked with school uniforms, though!
What I have done is that I don't sort laundry by color or whatever, I sort it by person. A basket from one child would go into the washer, then the dryer, then back in to the basket for the child to fold, sort and put away (Obviously an adult would do for the youngest children, but you would be amazed at how early they can actually do a lot of this themselves) At the age of 10 they took over doing their own laundry - and if they didn't have clean socks it wasn't my problem any more. It's been 7 years since I've been responsible for any laundry other than towels and the clothes worn by dh and me.
My teenage daughter doesn't bother to wear matching socks. she puts all her socks in the drawer unsorted and just grabs two to wear. She has been doing this for years now. I decided that it wasn't worth fighting about.

Oh, and on the home schooling front. I didn't home school my children but I think that if I were blessed with another one I would home school. Schools are as much about inculturation as about education, and I do not approve of the culture that they are currently indoctrinating into our children. The expectations of behaviour are abysmally low, teachers are not allowed to use effective punishments to maintain discipline, educational methodolgy is subject to the latest fads and fashions without recourse to what actually works - there are lots of problems there.
Rachel - you might find GK Chesterton's commentary on home school vs government school to be very interesting. It is in the book "Brave New Family".

My husband buys two kinds of socks -- white ones for the weekend and black ones to wear to work. They are all the same. They get thrown in a drawer and when he needs socks, he pulls two out. This way we do not notice and get upset if they disappear. ;) I like the comment above of the Hanes socks with the writing on the bottom. I am currently wearing ones with Hanes written in pink.

Thank you, Alicia, I'll have a look. I have a soft spot for Chesterton (in spite of a few really disturbingly racist stories), but does he really represent contemporary American views? Then again, I guess I asked for individual positions, not a representative stereotype. So maybe scrap that - lemme try again. My point is that I can easily come up with arguments against the school system, and against any public school system per se; but the movement between unhapiness with a school and homeschooling as the solution still seems abrupt.

Wow, so many sock ideas! Thanks!

Amie, we didn't start out doing what we do now so don't let it worry you. There's lots of support out there for you!

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