My oldest is four, so you'd think I'd be used to living with my kids by now. But I find that life with my boys changes so frequently that I'm constantly having to adapt.
To wit: They have become true consumers.
I don't mean they buy lots of stuff when we go shopping. I mean they use up a lot of stuff around the house!
They eat a lot more now, so a meal cooked for four really does serve only four. Six months ago, I could cook a half pound of pasta, feed the four of us for dinner, and still have leftovers for lunch for my husband and me. No longer. I discovered last week that I need to cook the whole one-pound package if I want leftovers for lunch.
The boys also use up a lot of handsoap in the bathroom. (I'll share my trick for cutting down on that later this week.) We go through toilet paper and tissue more quickly than before, too. (Not that I'm complaining about them being potty trained in the least. We can't be done with diapers soon enough!)
The thing is, I'm sure that as they get older, these types of changes will become more and more frequent. I'm trying to prepare myself mentally for the day when I have two ravenous adolescents threatening to devour everything in the kitchen.
In the meantime, I realize that I simply need to learn to accept these types of changes as a given, and not be surprised when I notice them. (Any tips on specific things to be prepared for?) I want to stay on top of these shifts in behavior and consumption so that I can keep us well stocked. I wouldn't want to run out of toilet paper or soap and have to pay full price on them!