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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-23 13:07:48
ID: 58702
Here's the thing, we're not really raising kids, we're raising people. People who are going to spend the vast majority of their lives being adults. Not teaching them basic skills like laundry or how to take responsibility and manage time is doing them a disservice. Taking away a couple hours a week for them to do laundry is not taking away their childhood, especially when I bet damn well they spend way more time than that wasting away on a computer or phone. My kids do their own laundry. Every Saturday is laundry day. They never "worry about having clean clothes" because it's done regularly on a schedule. It takes maybe 10 minutes to get and sort their clothes. They throw them in the washer and walk away to do whatever. Then they take literally seconds to switch from one machine to another. Go do whatever. Repeat. Then maybe 15 minutes folding and putting away. Hardly preventing them from being kids.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-23 01:39:12
ID: 58696
In response to a confession. I agree with you, OP. I'm not saying kids should have zero chores or not help out around the house, but I don't think a 9 or 10 year old should be worrying about if they have clean clothes to wear. I did no laundry until I was about 18 or so, and I turned out fine, no entitlement here!
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-23 01:11:26
ID: 58687
In response to a confession. You know better bc you have talked to your SIL. Maybe the dr isn’t listening - that would be no surprise. On the other hand, what are the heights like of people in the families? And even if there are no short people, the kid is only 4! Some kids are monster-huge. My kid was the shortest kid in class, with shoe size many numbers below some humungo kids till even 6th grade. Now my kid is one of the tallest in his class, in grade 8. Don’t stress it. Potty training might play into her fears...don’t know much about that - but perhaps it’s her stress and approach affecting him...just a thought. Not saying I know better.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-23 01:10:42
ID: 58686
My mom stopped doing my laundry when I was in the third grade, because she was mentally unwell. She never taught me how to do it myself. I have kids now, and while they help with the laundry, and know how to do it, my husband and I do the bulk of it. They're kids. They have the rest of their lives to do their laundry. It's our responsibility. It's kind of a sore subject with me, really. They didn't ask to be here. They know how to cook and take care of themselves, but until they leave my home, or turn into mouthy teenagers, I'll happily take care of them. It's sort of my job as their mom.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-22 20:57:21
ID: 58691
Hey parents who sent their sick kid to preschool, THANKS! Now 6 of the 16 kids in my classroom have the flu. You were irritated when I called you to come pick him up because he had a fever. But he had already been there for hours before that, so the damage had been done. Must have been when the medicine you gave your "not-sick" kid wore off. Oh, I know you say he wasn't sick, but 5 year olds don't lie. Parent do. He told us all about how he'd been sick all night and didn't want to come to school but you gave him medicine after breakfast so he could go to school anyway (his words). One of your son's now-sick classmates has a brother at home going through chemotherapy right now. If he gets the flu, he could very possibly die. Yes, his brother had the flu shot, but it's not 100% effective. But thank God you didn't miss your meeting! Selfish assholes.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-20 18:40:04
ID: 58663
My kids were doing their own laundry as soon as they were old enough to reach the controls. They also did "household" laundry, like a load of towels and such. They would occasionally run a load of my laundry, with supervision. Folding was a family event, because that's how they learn. Now that they are adults, all are more than capable of doing their own laundry properly (sorted, correct settings, etc.).
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-20 16:54:19
ID: 58662
I'm one of the people who has their kids do their own laundry. They started when they were about 10. If their laundry piles up, I don't even see it. It's in their room and frankly not my problem. Our washer automatically senses a load and only uses as much water as needed for the load. Also, my daughter has a uniform that pretty much needs to be washed every day, so we couldn't avoid that small load even if we wanted to.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-20 15:17:12
ID: 58660
In response to a confession. I don’t like laundry piling up. I also don’t want teeny tiny loads of laundry being run in the machines. So I go around and say “Got any darks that need washing?” and everybody’s darks get washed in the same load. (Or whatever color scheme) and i also give their clothes back inside out.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-20 14:57:59
ID: 58659
In response to a confession. I started doing my own laundry in elementary school because I was completely capable of doing it myself and my parents are not my servants. It was one of the many things that helped me be independent and self-sufficient and confident. When I went to college, I was dumbfounded at the number of people who had absolutely no clue how to do their own laundry. My roommate was nice enough, but she had no clue how to wash clothes, make a simple meal, schedule a doctor's appointment, write a check, or any number of basic life skills.
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Posted by: anonymous
2019-01-20 03:40:45
ID: 58657
In response to a confession. I started doing my own laundry in elementary school because my mother was lazy and I was tired of wearing dirty clothes.
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