Essential Life Skills: Laundry

by Letitia Suk

When the time came to hand over our family’s laundry duty to my tweens, I broke down the process into three phases.

Coach: I explained all the details — sorting lights and darks, adding the correct amount of detergent, choosing the right water temperature and load size.

Test-drive: I gave my tweens the chance to do it on their own but made myself available for questions.

Follow up: Occasionally, I had to remind them to add towels to small loads, or I’d offer an impromptu ironing lesson, but in time they got the hang of it.


This article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Letitia Suk. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.

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