though the kids help their parents with the laundry — bunso operates the spin dryer; second son delivers the almost dry clothes to first-born; and first-born hang shirt on a coathanger — they are somehow not that eager when it comes to folding the clean clothes.
in our household, unfolded laundry is a big issue. we wash clothes on a saturday. clothesline must be empty by wednesday. all clean clothes must be on their proper places by the time i inspect the kids closet on friday. but a week had passed and still, some clothes were left untouched.
folding clothes then is the least favorite chore of the boys and their mother.
though piles of clothes for washing do not bother me nor the boys, dried clothes from the line definitely do. and we need a solution.
perhaps, as a parent, i need to impose some order. husband noticed too that i scold a lot and eventually, everyone would be in a bad mood. and more often than not, just to keep the peace inside the house, i would give up and do most of the tasks. the kids would sometimes follow just to comply. but another week would come, and we still have the same problem, same nagging, same frustration and bad mood….
so i asked the boys to get and fold their own clothes. and i will give a reward to anyone who would fold mine and husband’s.
this new task and reward system seem effective that when i went home from work, there were no more clothes left for me to fold.
so far, no worries. and i am one happy mother.
question though is, for how long?