Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How I turned sloth into a parenting success

I'm messy.

Sorry, it's true.

I did not get the cleaning gene, and I'm perfectly capable of stepping around the clutter without picking it up.

I also hate laundry.

With a passion. A white-hot passion.

And so when it comes to doing the laundry, I stall.

And stall.

Eventually, the Roo-girl figured out that it was easier to do her own laundry. That way, she could have WHAT she needed WHEN she needed, and she didn't have to wait until I got around to it. (When you're 14 and you have to figure out the perfect outfit every day for school, this becomes a very important consideration.)

Let's back up a second. I want to make sure you actually heard what I said:

The Roo-girl does her own laundry.

SCORE!!!!

But wait! There's more!

When she gets ready to do her laundry, she always pokes her head into the master suite.

"Do you guys have laundry to do? I'm doing mine, and I don't have a full load."

Let us have a moment of silence while that sinks in.

In case you missed it, here it is in a nutshell:

THE ROO-GIRL DOES MY LAUNDRY.

My work here is done.

17 comments:

LceeL said...

I just wonder what the payback is going to be. Because you KNOW the universe is going to get even, don't you? Karma awaits ....

Karen said...

I bow to your superior parenting skills. Is this like parenting nirvana?

Mirth said...

The law of unintended consequences does occasionally swing in our favor. My 8 year old has done laundry for almost two years. One day after finding all his clean laundry on the floor, I tried to punish him by having him see how "hard" it is to do. He loved it. He does a better job than his dad.

Eternal Sunshine said...

Send Roo girl my way, would you?

Janet said...

Now THAT'S the right way to raise a kid!

Daisy said...

OMG. I am so impressed!

Janet said...

You are my hero.

Kaytabug said...

I'm not worthy to be in your presence! This is me bowing!

ChrisB said...

Now that is very impressive.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Seriously??? I think I hate you. ;-)

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Pure genius! Brilliance like this comes along once in a lifetime. Not MY lifetime, however. I've already walked too far down the wrong road...

But you rock!

Janet

Debbie said...

Dang girl. You have topped us all. I give up now.

Momisodes said...

*bows*

Won't you teach me in a few years, oh wise one?

Joyce-Anne said...

I was one of those daughters, however, now that I am a mother I truly appreciate someone else doing laundry. Hey, do you think Roo girl would like to come and do some for me?

Natalie said...

wow! now that is something. i think i am about to enact the once you get to junior high you must do your own laundry rule. i have one in junior high and one in high school so that would cut down on quite a bit that i would have to do! you are my hero!

Joanna said...

Let us all take a moment of silence at your sheer brilliance.

Jaina said...

Wow, I'm impressed. I think we need to come up with some kind of plaque or something for you... ;)

 
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