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4 fridge personality types

 
Your fridge reveals a lot about the way you approach family life.
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By Scott Dunlop

Pic: Shutterstock

Article originally in Parent24
For almost every family, the fridge is central to life in the home. How you and your family treat this appliance speaks volumes about your approach to parenting. There are four distinct family fridge styles- why not see which one is yours?

Art gallery

Children are prolific artists, but few parents have the wall space or money to frame all of the artworks done on lazy Sunday afternoons or brought home from school. The fridge becomes an art gallery (Prestik comes off the surface of a fridge without staining) and the most visited place in the kitchen becomes a source of pride, colour and happy memories. My own fridge has had sketches, crayon stick people and homemade cards stuck all over it. In the words of comedian Steven Wright:

“One time I went to a museum where all the work in the museum had been done by
children.  They had all the paintings up on refrigerators.”


Giant magnet

Some families are held together by magnets- the ones stuck to their fridges. From magnetic letters of the alphabet to mementoes from holidays and day trips, magnets are perfect for displaying photos without damaging them, showing off certificates earned on sports days or just as reminders of fun family times. Of course, if you own enough of them, that means you’re a fridge magnate (yes, I know that’s an old one...).

World’s biggest diary

Rugby on Tuesday and Thursday, ballet on Friday, violin class on Wednesday, Bakerman every third Monday of the month, three different birthday parties to attend (and buy presents for)... Yes, parenting is total chaos, and often the only thing holding it together is the fridge. School notices, calendars, shopping lists and party invitations all form an immediately-visible filing system where everyone can see it. Instead of rushing to remember which bag information may be kept in, all ‘what do I need to pack’ enquiries can be referred to the fridge. The only problem with this is that most fridges don’t travel with you, so you have to develop visualisation skills- trying to picture the information you’ve stuck on the fridge once it’s out of sight.

Teentertainment

Even if your family has opted for sheer minimalism and the outside of the fridge is bare, that won’t stop your teens from treating it as though it’s a big box of tricks. No matter how frequently they open it to stare hopefully inside, they’ll be back, only minutes later, as if expecting the contents to change. Your fridge will be opened more than their textbooks. Best you stock up on plenty of healthy snacks.

What kind of fridge family are you?

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2014-08-21 14:37

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