Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ten Years of TriPlatts: Three Kids vs. Triplets

My triplet children, aka the TriPlatts, celebrate their birthdays on March 13. I'm taking a "family" departure in the editorial realm the next few days. Thus, I'm taking ten days plus the last one, that March 13, to reflect on ten years with John, Brynley, and Brooks. I'm doing it to document those first ten years worth of memories, but I hope to share some entertaining thoughts along the way.

Nope. No hand-me-down Halloween costumes.

Understanding the difference between having three kids spread out in ages versus having triplets is subtle, at best.  Even us triplet parents don't think of it until we have to.
Buy Everything at Once:  Have three kids?  If you follow, strictly, the sizing rules for bicycles, for example, you'll buy seven of them spread among your three kids before they turn 18.  With triplets, you'll buy fifteen.  Translate that to clothes and other things that, in most families, get handed down and used by multiple kids in a family before they wear out.

All at Once Has It's Advantages:  There are some things where doing it in triplicate means getting it all done in one full swoop.  I think of volunteering in your kids' school.  In most families, if you agree to volunteer in the third grade, for example, you get to do that for as many kids as you have.  With triplets, you only see third grade once.

Tooth Fairy Deflation:  The tooth fairy in a Triplet home is less generous.  Call it deflation.  My kids' know of some kids that, believe it or not, get $10 for a single tooth.  If a triplet family's tooth fairy did that, it would cut into the college fund.  My kids get $1 (Except for when on vacation and the tooth fairy could only find a five.)

Tomorrow:  Comments From The Gallery

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