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I have three boys that range from 5 to 13. They all have age appropriate chores that need to complete daily, and I believe it is a great way to teach them responsibility and gratefulness for their home, and the stuff they own. Living with 4 guys means never-ending laundry. I’ve learned some simple ways that I can encourage my children to pitch in, and aid in all the laundry that needs to be done weekly.
Our 5 year old, helps sort lights and darks. This is great with teaching him his colors as well as helping out around the house. My 11 year old helps move the stuff from the washer to the dryer, and folds the laundry as well. However, we are still working on his folding skills! My 13 year old knows how to do the entire process, and is such a great help.
This year we have really spent some intentional time making sure our 13 year old can do laundry on his own from start to finish, and there are a few things that helped us teach him how to do that.
1. Start young.
Our kids started sorting at a young age, and getting involved with helping out with the laundry. It was great to start this chore at a early age because it wasn’t something new we had to introduce, but a skill we kept building on.
2. Make it easy.
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3. All about the tags.
We have learned the hard way the importance of teaching them to read tags. Now, at 13 he does a great job with this. He has learned to keep an eye out for things that need washed on cold or hung to dry. This is an easy, but important lesson to teach.
4. Fold it right.
Oh man, my younger two struggle with folding, but practice makes perfect. Taking a minute to remind them of the way that you like your items folded makes all the difference. My oldest is now a pro. He does a great job with folding, organizing, and putting everyone’s stuff away in the right place.
These are some super simple tips to teach your kids how to do laundry and to make it a bit easier for them to do a great job with. I would love to hear about any tips you have in the comments!
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Big advocate here of teaching and working with our children on how to do laundry and clean around the house. Teaching by example. Life skills they will need.
I loved your tips and the pictures of you and your son. 🙂 My 3 year old loves to help with laundry. It’s so sweet. I liked your tip on teaching them to read the tags. I never thought of that myself.
Such cute pics! I struggle so hard getting my girls to put their laundry away. I need to get them involved in the whole process. I never thought of using pods! That’s so clever!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate
That’s some great teaching! I especially love the “folding” category! Doing the laundry is one thing, but I don’t consider it finished until folded and away 🙂
my toddler loves helping with folding. I agree, start them young!
I love how easy these tips are. I’m sure I’ll be using them soon