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Something spectacular happened to me a few weeks ago, and I failed to mention it here on the blog. I’ve officially survived having triplets for three years! Yes, the boys had a birthday, along with their first birthday party thanks to the Make a Wish foundation. Having an older daughter, I have to admit that I’ve never seen a big difference in her development just because she had a birthday. Yet something strange occurred around the triplets’ birthday. It was as if a switch flipped. As if they realized that they were a year older, and all three of them starting behaving strangely more little kid like rather than toddler like.
Pondering on this did make me a bit sad, but only momentarily. Moms can’t dwell on the growing up of their babies for too long in order to maintain their sanity. Instead, I decided to use this to my advantage. Perhaps it was time to introduce a few easy chores?
I’m a big proponent of establishing a chore schedule for kids from an early age. This is for many reasons, but one awesome benefit to having extra hands helping out with chores is more snuggle family time all around! My kids love attention from my husband and me, and it can be hard to have enough for everyone AND maintain a household at the same time. By recruiting the kids with age appropriate chores, we can spend time with them while doing a bit of housework and have additional family time, as well. It’s a win-win for everyone!
One of the best first household chores to introduce to kids is folding laundry. I began the boys this past week with folding wash cloths and hand towels. Every time I wash and dry a load of towels, we sit in a circle and they all help folding the smaller items in the load. For those that think 3 years old is too young, I have to tell you that they can all fold wash cloths after only a few lessons. I’m super proud of them!
With my daughter, she is learning to put her clothes away and help with larger laundry items. One item that she has wrestled (and I mean, literally, wrestled) with has been folding a fitted sheet. After a few tries, she typically resorts to the wonderful fitted sheet folding technique that all adults have done at some point in their lifetime- the fitted sheet ball. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about! I’m guilty of the fitted sheet ball stuffed into a drawer technique myself. So my daughter and I had a recent lesson on something everyone wonders at least once– How to Fold a Fitted Sheet.
Smooth the sheet out on a flat surface. I’m using the floor in this photo, but that is only so that I can get a good photo from above. Unless you clean your floors frequently, spread the sheet out on a table or bed.
Fold the sheet in half horizontally.
Tuck one edge into the elastic of the other, smoothing the sheet as you go.
Fold the sheet in half vertically.
Again, tuck the edge of the upper portion into the elastic of the lower portion.
Fold the sheet in half, matching the edges and smoothing the sheet.
Depending on how large your sheet is, you may need to continue folding to compress it down to a size for storage.
Good laundry care is something that is important for everyone to learn. We all develop our own laundry techniques over the years, and everyone determines what laundry care items are important to their family and which are not. For instance, I’m not apt to iron. But I think everyone should know how to do all of these things, regardless if it is a priority in your own household. You never know when you may be called upon to help a family member around the house or assist a sick/elderly person in the church or on a mission’s trip. Knowing how to do simple household laundry tasks are great for everyone!
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