I really love my kids

I should explain that in my house, when you are tall enough to reach the washing machine, you wash your own laundry. I’m lucky in that my husband does my laundry. This week, however, he’s been focused on a project that has the possibility of a very high professional payoff so the laundry is piling up and overflowing the hamper. In a classic, distracted mom move, I gathered it all into the hamper and got the hamper halfway to the laundry room before being distracted by another task. At 11 pm, it hit me that I would have no clean underwear in the morning because I still hadn’t done the laundry. The hamper wasn’t in the hall where I left it. I found it in the laundry room with only darks in it. The underwear was in the washer and had already been run. I tossed it in the dryer, threw the darks in the washer and went to thank my incredible husband. He appreciated the kiss and the cuddle but confessed that he hadn’t run the laundry; he even apologized for forgetting about it. I thought, it must be my daughter but she was just walking in the door apologizing that shooting the basketball game for the school paper kept her out late. That left my 12 year old. All I could think was, “Wow, my 12 year old just ran the parents laundry without being asked.” We must be doing something right. So would it be spoiling him to get him a thank you present?

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  1. Autumn

     /  January 25, 2006

    Don’t think of it as spoiling. Just consider it as an investment in future laundry services.

  2. Heather

     /  January 25, 2006

    Absolutely not! It would be a great way to encourage such “random acts of kindness”. Go for it!HeatherNow resuming lurking…

  3. Margaret

     /  January 27, 2006

    I don’t think its spoiling, as long as its nothing really extravagant! Also let make sure he knows not to expect presents for unexpected chores all the time!


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