At what age should children learn to do their laundry ?

@clintz15 (977)
India
October 3, 2006 8:17am CST
My answer would be "as soon as possible" ........ what about you ?
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@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
15 Oct 06
I agree with that. When our son was young, like all children, he helped to hang out the washing on the line, even though he had to use a chair to reach the line. But when he started primary school (aged 5) he was responsible for putting his school uniform in the washing machine every day when he got home from school. I still did the washing and he helped to hang it out and bring it in. However when he started high school (aged 12) he was completely responsible for washing and ironing his school clothes and I had standards that he was expected to uphold. Everything else followed on from there, i.e. he used to wash his bed linen and other clothes as well. When he left home at 18 to join the military he was fully capable of taking care of his own laundry and has done so ever since. He is now 30 and wandering around the world but when he comes home to Australia he looks after himself, although we do put in some 'parent time' and do what we can to help him. :)
@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
Thanks very much for giving me best response for this discussion. :)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I was 8 or 9 when I started taking stuff from the wash and putting it in the dryer on my own. But I think I was about 12 when I was taught to actually do my own laundry. By the time I was 14 I did all my own laundry all the time and hated when my mom would try and do it for me because she always shrank something, lol. I plan to teach my kids around the same age 10-12 years old. Right now they help me load and unload the washer (we go to a laundromat and use the front loaders).
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16 Oct 06
My answer would also fit yours. As soon as they are able to follow you around to see what you're doing. Use their curiousity to your own advantage.
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@Sweety76 (1596)
• India
15 Oct 06
from 16 year
16 Oct 06
Generous
@netizen (534)
• India
15 Oct 06
This age they dont understand things well and washing also. They are kids still this age.
@pumpkinjam (4769)
28 Feb 07
I agree with you. Both my kids help with as much as possible. The little one helps unload the washer and the big one helps to load it. The littgle one tried to help load it but he just chucked anything in. He's only 20 months. The big one is 7 so he can ask me what needs to go in!
@borg_queen (2536)
• Philippines
16 Oct 06
Among the poor in my country, girls are taught to hand wash as early as a toddler.
@bblessed (1822)
• United States
16 Oct 06
age 13
@reader (709)
• India
15 Oct 06
a t age 10
@netizen (534)
• India
15 Oct 06
Ten years would be sufficient for children to do their own laundry and bath.
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 06
I think the best timing will be when they reach their primary school ages cause by then they actually can handle some easy tasks as long as proper intructions been give to them.
• United States
15 Oct 06
My daughter has been doing laundry for years. I taught her very young to sort them. She would help me put them in the machines. never getting thm all the way in. LOL then months later She would pour in the soap. I used two differant colored cups. She knew how to wash alone at 7. I never let her use clorox so I did the whites. During the summer she does the wash. During school I do it and she puts it away If theres sme left.
@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
15 Oct 06
I like your answer. LOL
• United States
13 Oct 06
My kids started sorting their own laundry between age 4 and 5. They started using the washer and dryer around 7, and now they do their own laundry.