If they can manipulate a game controller, they can manipulate the laundry!
Teaching the Kids to Help With the Chores
My husband and I have decided that this is the year (school year) we are going to really get our 6 and 8 year old boys involved with the workings of our home.
Last year we felt so over-scheduled with all the kids’ activities on top of both of our work schedules, kids homework and other outside commitments. We felt we were neglecting our responsibility to teach the boys life skills because we were all so busy.
Last weekend we set aside time for teaching the kids to help with the chores and we began with teaching them how to do laundry from start to finish. It turned out to be a great experience.
We started by having the boys collect their clothes in laundry baskets, lined with a mesh laundry bag. Because the boys are small, their clothes don’t fill up the washing machine by themselves so we are not sorting them yet. They closed up the mesh laundry bag and put them in the washing machine. We showed them how to measure the soap (and helped with this part so no one gets overzealous) then showed them how to turn the machine on.
Next we had them transfer their clothes from the washer to the dryer and showed them how to turn the dryer on.
Then we had them empty the dryer into a laundry basket and bring it into the living room.
Finally, we taught them how to fold pants, shirts, underwear, socks and pajamas. We also showed them how to put them away. It was important, while they were folding laundry that there were no distractions of the TV being on.
This takes so much pressure off of my husband and I as well as teaches them a valuable life skill. It also teaches them to maybe think twice before trying on a shirt and then just throwing it on the floor if they decide not to wear it. It’s not perfect but it is done. I am so happy that we took the time to work on this with them.