Last year I wrote about 8 ways young children can help with laundry.
Mom Confession: I’ve let the laundry become drudgery to my kids recently. I’ve been so focused on getting it done that I’ve forgotten to make it fun. Now I’m definitely not one to think that all chores need to be made into games…that’s just not the way life is. But there are ways to make even laundry more enjoyable.
Jump over to read all the ways kids can help with laundry and then come back here for some tips on making it more enjoyable for everyone involved.
6 Ways to Lighten the Load
1. work together – I quickly forget how much more my kids enjoy something when I’m doing it with them. Yes, it means I can’t move on to the next thing on my to-do list, but it also means we’ll probably get the laundry done faster and with less complaining.
2. don’t expect perfection – nothing will crush their helpful heart faster than being told their work isn’t good enough. Show them, have them help you, help them, and /em>then let them try it on their own.
3. let them do the fun parts too – I’m not sure how many people actually like folding laundry and putting away it–we have one child that likes to fold, but no one in our family likes to put clothes away. However, kids do love scooping detergent, turning knobs, and pressing buttons. Let them do the fun parts of the job, even if you have to oversee them. Before you know it you might be able to ask your 7 year old to do and entire load of laundry on their own.
4. praise their efforts – watch for times when you can honestly compliment their work or attitude. It’s also a great idea to praise them in front of another adult. Let the kids hear you tell your husband how helpful they were folding the towels or call their grandma to let her know they washed an entire load of laundry on their own.
5. turn up the tunes – my kids think folding laundry to upbeat music is so much more fun than folding it in silence. If you have music your kids can sing to that makes it even more fun.
6. and yes, make it a game – have your kids race the clock (not each other) to put their clothes away or let them toss the matched up socks into the laundry basket across the room. A few extra minutes could change the tone for the rest of your day. As an added bonus, if fun is attached to the job, kids will be more eager to help with that task in the future.
What is one way your children can or do help with laundry? What’s one way you can help lighten the load?