I have learned when you have three children there are two paths you can take…
- the buy three of everything path (preferred).
- the don’t buy three of everything path (very noisy).
I am a fan of the buy three of everything.
And I mean everything.
Don’t you dare make the mistake at the grocery store and take the kids’ word for it that they won’t want Key Lime Pie yogurt in the morning when both their brothers are slurping it down with granola.
Don’t you dare make that mistake.
Because when tomorrow morning comes and you pull out two Key Lime Pie yogurts for Ryan and Reid and then you pull out the Cherry yogurt that Rhett declared his undying love for in the aisles of Super Target not more than 13 hours prior...there is going to be a scene.
And scenes at breakfast are not pretty.
So I buy Key Lime yogurt in numbers divisible by three.
So how do you deal with the request for another kind of yogurt from one boy?
I buy the additional yogurt in a three pack – and don’t be fooled by ACTUAL three packs that have the audacity of packaging a VARIETY of yogurts in the same box.
VARIETY is the enemy here.
I then present the NEW yogurt to all three boys with sweeping fanfare of this is Rhett’s choice!
I didn’t do the shopping last week.
This morning the boys reached into the fridge and found three DIFFERENT types of yogurt.
Ryan was first to the fridge and made his choice.
Reid was second and made his choice.
Rhett was left with the odd yogurt out.
*insert ugly scene here*
Rhett(4): I WANT KEY LIME PIE YOGURT!
Reid(6): You can’t. I am the guardian of the Key Lime Pie yogurt.
I AM THE GUARDIAN OF THE KEY LIME PIE YOGURT!
No, you are the guardian of screaming.