Who Wants to Help with the Laundry?
Dear Three Faithful Readers,
I need some real help. Some real opinions. Good or bad, bring it.
I do all the laundry. I sort it, wash it, fold it, and put it into three baskets for each of my kids. Their only responsibilities in the laundry process are to bring the dirty clothes down and put their baskets away. With the exception of a few times when I ask them to cycle the laundry, I do all of it. I’ve been noticing that no one has been taking down the basket or putting away their laundry. It’s really the only two things they have to do in the entire process. They have to bring the laundry to me, and put it away when I’m done, get it?
I made a declaration (I make a ton of them, unfortunately) last week that if they didn’t start bringing their clothes down or putting their baskets away then they would have to start doing all their laundry. They’re 14, 11, and 9. I’m obviously not going to leave them with dirty clothes, but can you meet me halfway? They’re supposed to bring it down on Saturdays and Wednesdays, take their basket of clean clothes when I’m done, bring me the empty one, and the process starts all over. It’s not rocket science, people, it’s laundry.
I went down Sunday night and Kasey and Lindsey had full baskets of clean clothes that had been there since Thursday, there was a completely full dirty clothes basket upstairs, and I had enough. Shelby had taken her basket up on Friday, but I announced to Kasey and Lindsey that they were now responsible for doing their laundry. In all fairness, I’ve been threatening this for weeks, I have to stop threatening and follow through. But the question I’m wondering is if it’s too harsh. I know there are people out there that make their kids do all their own laundry, and I know they’ll need to know how to do it eventually, but I’m just at a point that I can’t do it all.
What do you think?