Teaching the kids Laundry
As parents it is our duty to teach our children how to be independent and responsible adults. I have three MIT’s (Men in Training) living in my home and since they were very little I’ve taught them how to do laundry. Here is the guide that I have used for years to teach the kids how to do laundry.
2-3 years old
– Put their laundry in the hamper (responsibility)
– Move clothes from the washer to the dryer (chore)
4-5 years old
– Continue 2-3 year old laundry tasks
– Put away clean clothes (responsibility)
– Sort clothes by color (chore)
– Match socks (chore)
6-8 years old
– Continue 4-5 year old laundry tasks
– Fold dish towels (chore)
– Learn how to operate the washer and dryer (chore)
9-11 year olds
– Continue 6-8 year old laundry tasks
– Operate washer and dryer under supervision (chore)
12-14 year olds
– Continue 9-11 year old laundry tasks
– Fold clothes (chore)
15+ year olds
– Continue 12-14 year old laundry tasks
– Do their own laundry (responsibility)
No matter what age your children are when starting the Laundry Training, start at the beginning. Once they have mastered a level move on to the next one until they have reached their age group. Before you know it they’ll be doing their own laundry. I’m happy to say that one of my M.I.T.’s is over 15 and another will be 15 in a couple of weeks. I now have less laundry that I’m responsible for and I’ve done my job in preparing my kids.
You may have noticed that I call some of the tasks that they do a responsibility and some a chore. In our home, there are three different categories that tasks fall under: (1) Responsibility, (2) Chores; and (3) Team Work. Each category teaches them something different. If you are interested in our method keep coming back and checking because I plan on doing a future post on this topic.
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Betty Taylor says
That's great! I did way better with my older children. There is an 18 year gape between my 3rd and 4th child. The last one hasn't done much of anything. He has been very busy with school and sports. My husband is a little bit of a perfectionist too. I have been trying to work on my son lately. I am worried about him going away next year and not knowing how to do anything.
Fluster Buster says
Sounds like you are going to have a busy year. lol