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Easy Parent Hack: 50 Shades Of Orange

father and sons at the zoo

Going to the zoo? Dress the kids in orange.

My wife loves mom to mom sales.

You know, the sorts of things that are in community centers where moms buy a table and sell all their old toys and outgrown clothes. Not only does she make a couple hundred bucks selling our hand-me-downs, she also gets good deals on ‘new to us’ clothes for our 2 boys.

She’s so into it that, after attending 3 sales, she’s throwing her own next month.

Last sale she had a lady come to her table and disdainfully ask, “Why are all your jackets orange?” (it’s true, my wife was selling two winter and a spring jacket, all bright orange).

“So I can see my kids at the park,” my wife replied.

The woman paused, cocked her head, and nodded in agreement. “I have never thought of that,” she said, fishing through her purse for some bills to buy the coats.

The next time you go to the park, look at what all the kids are wearing. Grey hoodies, brown shirts, navy jackets.

Dark. Dark. Dark.

In a field of dark clothes at a playground, it’s easy to sit on the bench and relax when you can quickly glance up and pick out your child wearing bright orange or yellow.

You have a daughter that loves pink? Good luck picking her out of a crowd. Our boys, however, are easily spotted.

It’s not always easy to find, this orange gear, especially in winter. Winter jackets are brown, navy, or black. But we hunt and dig, and eventually we get something bright. Thankfully the 80s fashions are coming back and the neon green, yellow, and blue are showing up.

There is nothing my wife hates more than a black shirt on a little kid.

“It’s such an angry color,” she says.

Not only are our kids easy to spot in bright orange, and yellow, but she believes it highlights the silly, and creative disposition that kids are born with.

What about you? Do you seek out bright clothes for your kids?

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