Laundry may be the most Sisyphean of household chores: Unless everyone in your house is stark naked, it’s literally never done. That’s why, when my son turned 11, I decided he could do his own laundry.
That’s right, he washes, dries, folds and puts away his own clothes. Reactions to this news from other moms fall into one of three categories:
- How can I get my kid to do that?
- That would never work in my house.
- You are a terrible mother, and I bet your kid looks like a slob. (They say this with facial expressions, not words. Usually.)
If you’re interested in delegating some of your household laundry to the creatures who create it, here are some hints on why, how and when to get kids doing their own laundry.