The rhythm of a new school year was weeks old when I remembered an important check point. I needed to add a new responsibility to my girls’ chore list. I didn’t add anything the year before. And I forgot this year (clearly I need a new plan) but last year, I remembered. Problem was, what to add?
They already made beds, cleaned bathrooms, cleared dishes, cared for pets, put laundry away. I should start forcing the older one to cook but it was my first year home schooling and that sounded like too much work (because really the initial stage of new chores is all about how well mom teaches). I took the logical approach and asked. The oldest one wanted to do her own laundry. Really? What an awesome idea. I hadn’t thought of it ( my own mom did my laundry until I moved out at 18). Momentarily I considered that her doing her own laundry might cost more, but it slipped away in favor of responsibility and less laundry for me. I can’t remember what the younger one choose–probably because neither of us followed through. But let’s role with the success story.
I bought my girl her own laundry hamper so she could keep her clothes separate from the pile at the bottom of the laundry chute (a brilliant invention!). I spent the first three weeks teaching her how to use the washer and dryer. And she now, a year and half later, she still does her own laundry. Before a busy soccer weekend sometimes I remind her she needs to have a clean uniform and definitely clean soccer socks, but that’s it. On sheet changing day, she removes her sheets, washes and dries them, and puts them back on.
Other than making the girls clean the bathrooms, it may be my most time saving technique yet,
Joining Lisa Jo and other who love words today. Take five minutes and write, without overthinking. Today’s word: laundry.