I learned how do laundry when I was 9. My Dad would wash everything in hot water and it would shrink my clothes. I loved my baggy clothes (no thanks to early onset puberty).
So, I know full well that my children are old enough to start learning the basics of their laundry care.
This excerpt is taken from a flylady email:
"The secondary payoff came several years later when first DS went to
college. He held laundry classes in his dorm, because he was the only
one of his friends who knew how to do their own laundry. I got one of
those treasured phone calls in which he said, "Thank you, Mom, for
preparing me. I can't believe these people don't know how to do their
own laundry." "
When I was in college I worked part time in a laundromat. A guy came up to the counter and asked me to quietly explain to him how to wash his laundry. I came out and proceeded to show him the routine and the whole time he kept shushing me because he didn't want the other patrons to know that he was learning.
My daughter was working on cleaning her bedroom (which I can almost walk thru now) this weekend and bellowed from her room that it was time for me to wash her clothes because her hamper was full. I responded by telling her that she had better whisk her basket of dirties to the washing machine then if she wanted clean clothes.
My children are babied entirely too much and I know this. But, I am determined that they will know how to do their own laundry, how to do basic cleaning and how to cook a few simple meals before they leave my house.