Best Parenting Advice EVER

My expertise, and opinions for that matter, are vast and wide.  I answer questions about starting churches, running children’s ministries, anorexia, sexual abuse and parenting.  I don’t claim to know everything about anything, but there is one area I’ve got it completely nailed down…

LAUNDRY. 

I see tweets and Facebook posts all day long, “Oh I have piles of laundry!”  “Oh how do I get caught up on laundry!” I walked into my sisters room today and saw piles and piles of clean laundry on her floor awaiting folding.  

So how do I do it?  How, when I have five people in my house do I stay on top of laundry?  I’m going to tell you my secret.  It will be the best mom-advice you EVER RECEIVE IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE! I promise, it’s that good. 

Ready?! 

Everyone does there own! 

laundry room sign

Yes, everyone!  From the time Zac was five, with assistance, he started doing his own laundry.  I trained my kids young, and I was trained young, too.  I started doing my own laundry when I was in the third grade.   It didn’t kill me-obviously.  It hasn’t killed my own kids, yet.  

Now it takes time to train them.  Sometimes I still have to remind my 14 year old son not to just wash a few things at a time.  Sometimes, I see my 16 year old bringing down a load to start at 10 at night.  But the investment has been totally worth it.  

I don’t hear things like:

Mom can you wash my….

Mom, have you seen my….

Mom, I don’t have any …. 

My husband does his own laundry as well, but not because I make him, he just prefers to keep his stuff separate and stay on top of his own dirty socks.  I do my own laundry, about 2 loads a week and floor mats.  Everyone washes their own towels and sheets. 

Life made simple.  

I love the philosophy of don’t do for a child what a child can do for himself.  I wish I was more disciplined with this in every area with my kids.  Even though I’m a work in progress, laundry is not a problem in our household.  And it could not be a problem in yours either.  

What do you think? Could you make it work?  

LG|LP 

Have a great, laundry-free weekend! 

Tiff

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2 thoughts on “Best Parenting Advice EVER

  1. Thank you so much Tiffany. Don’t do for a child what he can for himself. Being a Principal’s Secretary has been one of the most enjoyable jobs I have ever had, but you tend to do everything for alot of people. Time for a little change. 🙂

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