Hi motherbear I'm a mother of 3, and was feeling pretty overwhelmed with the amount of housework I was doing when my kids were getting close to high school age. So when my eldest child started in year 7, I used that as kind of a rite of passage to becoming independent and showed her how to use the washing machine and the iron. It took some time for her to get into the routine and sometimes she went to school in a crumpled uniform, but it's paid off. As my 2nd and 3rd child approached high school, doing their own washing and ironing seemed like a 'grown up' task that they were willing to take on. I really think it game them some confidence in their own ability, improved their planning and organisation skills, their pride in their own appearance, and they learned the consequences of their own inaction. Now I have much less washing to do and my kids are a few steps closer to becoming independent adults.
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