(Closed) parents of same gender, close-ish in age children… why do you do this??

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sis and I are 11 months apart and our Mom always dressed us in mathching outfits. The only diffrence was that my sis was getting pinks and reds and I was getting baby blues and royal blues. Looking back my Mom still thinks it was cute. I still suffer from lack of pink in my childhood and my sis still doesn’t own any item in pink LOOOL

Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Ok, well with multiple children in a high traffic or vacation area I could see this being practical. If a child goes missing you don’t have to think “Oh crap, what was Johnny wearing today?” you can instantly say “He was wearing cargo shorts, a red tee shirt, white sneakers” and let the searching begin.

I don’t think I’ll be dressing my daughters alike otherwise though. When I was younger my cousin and I who are close in age actually requested to dress alike though, now that I think of it. Or in elementary school I’d coordinate a matching outfit with my best friend. Sometimes kids want to dress the same.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just realized I am wearing pink on my profile picture :)))

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I see this on the metro all of the time and it confuses me. Especially when everyone in the family is in the uniform. I get that it may be easier for you to keep them together, but I view it as a huge red flag of “I am a tourist, please mess with me”. When I have kids, I will want my kids to have their own personalities and be able to do dress as they please (within reason).

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

Haha I think this is totally cute! Looks like I’m in the minority 😉

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I honestly don’t look at children and judge them or their parents based on what they are wearing.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I was a kid, my mom would dress the four of us in more or less matching outfits pretty much anytime we were leaving the house, and we weren’t even all the same gender.  She said not only did it make it easier for her to keep track of us, but it made it easier for her to do the laundry.  If everyone’s got the same basic wardrobe in the same basic color family then just put all of the blue shirts together and no worries about it bleeding on the yellow shirts and there’s always enough of any one color for a proper load.  Plus it was easier for her to “upsize” kids. She didn’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe as we grew, just another basic 2 blue tops, 2 red tops (or whatever) for the biggest kid, and everyone else just slides up a level.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We went to the zoo a couple of weekends back and this was totally the case! I was shocked, but it actually does make a lot of sense… kids were running all over the place and it would have been easy to count up 5 in neon green. In many of those cases the parents also wore matching shirts with the kids– I’m guessing so that the kids could find the parents too? Eh, better than putting them on leashes 😉

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My friend has 4 boys about as close in age as you can physically get. She said that she dresses them the same because 1.) those are the clothes that were on sale and 2.) she can easily identify where they are.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I see this all the time at work (I work at a tourist attraction) – I think it’s adorable, though! And it is completely helpful when a distraught parent runs up and goes “My kid is missing – but they’re wearing this exact outfit”. Even though it’s in every “crowd safety” book out there, parents, in a moment of distress, frequently forget what the kiddo is wearing.

That being said, we reunite lost kids who don’t match just as easily 🙂

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

My sister and I are 14mo apart. I ask my mom all the time why we always wore matching clothes, and she responds, “Do you know how hard it is to shop for two children? It was so much easier just to find something I liked, get it in two colors/sizes, and be done.” Lol.

We dressed like that all the time. Not just when we visited places.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I always thought people did this because it makes it easier to shop = / Like if you like one dress for the older kid, you just get a smaller size for the smaller kid. You don’t have to walk around the entire store looking for a bunch of different outfits lol

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

i have no idea why but i wanted to share a funny story. My close friend growing up had 5 siblings. so when they would go on road trips her mom and dad would have shirts made for everyone with giant numbers on them (1-8) and every day they would wear them in a different color. It was so funny because all of there vacation pictures there they are in their number shirts! haha so funny!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

DH and I intend to have a couple kids relatively close together, and I probably will match them sometimes because I think it’s kinda cute, lol.  But we will NOT be one of those families where everyone’s wearing the same outfit.  Two little girls or boys in matching outfits = cute.  Mom, Dad & kids all in the same out = creepy to me.

I would also think it would easier for clothes shopping and for dressing the kids if they have a lot of basics (like polos) and then instead of coming up with an outfit for each kid, you just decide once – ok we’re doing polos and cargo shorts today.  And of course once the kids are old enough to pick out their own clothes for the day, I’m not going to force them to wear something for the sake of matching.

Post # 31
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

my mom used to dress my sister and i alike all of the time.  we even had the same haircut.  people used to think we were twins all of the time.  she is 15 months older than me.

we hated it.

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