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

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a twin and we were often dressed alike. Once I did get lost/separated when I was about 3. My mom just held up my sister and told store security “I’m looking for one like this” made it very easy.

But normally, unless you are attending twins fest, it seems really strange to me too.

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think matching t-shirts in a bright colour can be really useful for a trip like Disneyland. That being said, my mom always bought us the brightest coloured baseball hat that she could find – easy to find heads that way. 

Personally, not my taste for everyday.

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@sweetpea87:  Thats why I do it.  They are 20 months apart and if I buy them the same shirt they can’t fight over it.  i don’t dres them up the same a bring them out in public or send them to school like this (i am sure matching your brother isn’t all that cool in school)

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just had to comment – my mum once bought my sister & I matching ‘novelty’ sleep shirts/nighties for Christmas one year…. except there’s 13yrs between my sis & I, and I was at least 20yo when she did it. I’m not sure what drugs my mother was on that made it seem like a good idea!

Post # 51
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Bumble bee

When we were in Disneyworld a couple months ago, every other family it seemed has matching outfits/tops. a lot of bright neon yellows, pinks etc. In a touristy location it actually made a lot of sense- considering when we split up it was nearly impossible to find eachother again!

Post # 52
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well my little girls a 5 and 2 1/2 I dont dress them alike very often but I do sometimes for holidays or pictures these are the girls for pictures. And on those days that they are fighting over EVERYTHING and it is just one less fight for me to deal with that day… They do often have matching hair bows though because they fight over who gets what one ALL THE TIME.

Post # 53
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Busy bee

As a teacher, I know that schools often do this on field trip days so kids are easily spotted.  I just was at a tourist location and saw a whole school group in a brillant but not often worn t-shirt color, so I know that it can be a safety choice.  For a family photo, coordinating clothing can be helpful, but it doesn’t have to be completely identical. 

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

For me it was and is a safety thing. I certainly didn’t do it on a daily basis but to go someplace like the zoo(which is ultra busy here) they all got bright colored matching shirts. I only have 1 little one now so it isn’t necessary. I do run a daycare and if we go out we match no matter how old we are.

Post # 55
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@risingsun:  This. My counsin does it with her kids at public outings in case one gets lost they can point to their other childen and say “she is dressed like this”.

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We dressed like this all the time too. We didn’t have a ton of money and my moms a goodseamstress so if she found a cheap bolt of fabric we got clothes out of it until it ran out. We’d have about 5-6 pieces (tops, bottoms, dresses) out of each fabric each so it was hard to AVOID matching if we wanted to. Running around like we stepped out of an 80s neon version of the sound of music all the time…

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My parents did this when young with me, my sister and my cousin.  It was cute and practical (the outfits I recall were handmade with the same material).  They only did it when we were pretty young so it didn’t bother us.  In fact, randomly at age 14, 15, 16 we all discovered we had bought and brought the same pair of shorts (flowered from 5 7 9) to our summer vacation…so we put on a white shirt and wore it out one night.  We were amused to hear one mother tell her (obviously) twin daughter, “Look girls, triplets!  Now don’t stare…”

Post # 58
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

it’s easier to think of one outfit over three outfits.

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i have a 5 years old brother and 4 year old twin brothers, and they sometimes ask to wear the same things.

plus if anyone of them got lost when i took them out anywhere, it would be easier to show what they looked like! (warped sense of humour, i know! ha)

 EDIT- didnt read all the other posts, pleased to see its not just my warpedness! ha

Post # 60
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

If they’re all dressed the same, they’re easier to spot in a group.  Also, heaven forbid something happen, it’s easier to remember what they’re wearing should something happen and you need help finding them. 

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