Tuesday, April 20, 2010

14 Year Old Boys Are Capable of Doing Their Own Laundry!

My family of six produces lots and lots of laundry. Between me and my amazing housekeeper of 11 years Gloria we manage to get it done each week. As my kids keep growing so does the volume of our laundry. Recently it began to seem like we were always on the verge of not getting it all done when it occurred to me that my 14 year old son is totally capable of doing his own laundry. I am a big believer in kids being involved in keeping the house clean. I have been blessed to be able to stay home with my children and have cleaning help but this does not mean that my kids never lift a finger. They are expected to help clean the dishes, set the table, take out the garbage and make their beds (among other things). Having them help with the laundry was something that I just hadn't thought about until recently.

Z had from time to time done a load himself and he had also occasionally ironed his shirts if they were too wrinkled to wear. I knew he was capable of getting the task done although I do admit that there was a little resistance at first. No one want to be told that they have to do more chores.

It's been about a month since he started doing his own laundry and though I sometimes having to remind him to get it done he's been doing great. He really take pride in how he looks and he has been making sure that his clothes look good. With the exception of him setting up the ironing board in front of the refrigerator so no one can get into it every now an then, the ironing has also been going well. I can't begin to tell you how good it feels to watch your 14 year old take care of himself and I know that it also makes Z feel good about himself.

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