Thursday, February 26, 2009

Laundry, Again?

©Millie McNabb

My laundry verse is Revelation 22:14. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.”

I was thinking the other day about how my laundry schedule has changed over the years, going from single to married, to children, and now empty-nester.

Our goal was to be able to have the children run the household by the time they were twelve. They started early helping with the laundry. Sorting clothes, spraying prewash, measuring soap were all little steps in the learning process.

I marked their clothes with a permanent marker. The oldest one had one dot, the second had two dots, etc. That made it easy to sort the clothes, and then each girl could fold and put away their own things. The dots were also an easy way to change the ownership when the clothes were handed down.

We did laundry nearly every day: permanent press and darks on Monday and Thursday; whites and lights on Tuesday and Friday; sheets and towels on Wednesday. As the girls learned every aspect, it became part of the chore rotation.

Now, I’m back to laundry once, maybe twice a week.

Doing chores together is a great way to teach your children, and it also gives opportunities for talking about life. What responsibilities do you and your children share together?

God bless….

Millie McNabb, founder of Christian Values Legacy, offers parenting seminars that focus on passing on your Christian values. Request your free report “Considerations for Intentionally Raising Children to Become Christian Adults” today at

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