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My 11 yo daughter just told me that she doesn't have her laundry done because I use cloth diapers and they are in her way and she doesn't know how to put them in the dryer. So could I start using disposables again? :LOL<br><br>
She doesn't really want to do her laundry, I requested that she do so in return for 1. buying her new summer clothes, but I want to see what she has that still fits; and 2. having friends over, since I feel that it was a physical danger for other people to try to enter her room.<br><br>
So of course, since we talked about it two days ago, it is all my fault that she can't dry the one load she managed to actually wash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> And she will never, ever see her friends again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
It is even more ironic if you consider that she helps me pick out new diapers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> She loves new fluff!<br><br>
And now she is mad because instead of rushing to the basement to dry those darn diapers, I am posting about her on the internet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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Oh you evil woman <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> :LOL<br><br>
Of course it's all the cloths fault.<br><br><br>
Ah the joys of being preteen
 

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Oh wow, you've got a drama queen too!!! Mine's 10, and her room sounds like it's in the exact same condition as your dd's room :LOL I'm scared to go in there!<br><br>
That's just too funny -
 

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Can't mine just stay 1 year old??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">:
 

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Ahaha! :LOL<br><br>
Oh, the drama!
 

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I hear ya mama. My girls just turned 12 last week. Drama Queen can be an understatement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
here the excuse is usually that the "diapers got unbalanced, so I had to restart them" instead of washing the load that supposed to be washed. sigh
 

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Oh the drama lol! Isn't it funny how EVERYTHING at that age is traumatic they are "just going to die" because of it :LOL<br><br>
Good or you for making her do laundry though, I know 16 year olds who can't even separate clothes!
 

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It is kind of a fun age when I can laugh about it. I wish my life had such drama. :LOL<br><br>
OK, really not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
Oh, and she does her own laundry after too many crayons and lip balms were found melted all over MY clothes in the dryer. Natural consequence, you know.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I have been considering having my 10 yr old do her own laundry, since it never makes it to the laundry room..... I haven't done it because I thought it might be considered "cruel and unusual punishment" :LOL Guess I'm going to have to rethink this issue!<br><br>
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I started doing my own laundry when I was 9...as soon as I could reach the knobs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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How did you get my DDs at your house? :LOL Mine are pretty good at switching laundry from the washer to dryer, or out of the dryer, but heaven forbid I should ask them to fold or wash any! They don't even like folding fluff... I really don't get that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Well I can tell you that it might be considered cruel by at least one member of my family, but I just ignore her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> And she started when she was 9. My mil thinks I am awful, she does laundry for my dd when she visits. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><br><br>
And Amy, my daughter became much better at doing laundry when she realized I really wouldn't do it for her. That part is easy for me, I hate doing laundry.<br><br>
Except fluffy laundry, of course.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> That's fun!
 

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I'm scared to unleash the kids on the laundry room. Dh does enough damage in there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> That last yucky thing that got through was actually a peppermint patty from one of my jackets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: (um, ok... seriously, why didn't dh check my pockets? Aren't you always supposed to check pockets? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )<br><br><br>
But really, what catches is my eye: doesn't like helping fold fluffy mail? What diaper heathen is this? She likes to help purchase but not take care of... sigh...<br><br>
Drama children come in both forms. I've got a 9yo ds drama king w/ a messy room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: (did I use such a basic word as "messy"... think f5 tornado)
 

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My 9, 11 and 12 year olds do their own laundry. It *has* on occassion led to such disasters as ds putting a load of rinsed, but not washed cd's into the dryer. EW. Today before I left for work, I requested that my 9 year old take the load out of the washer and put it in the dryer. What a literalist - I came home from work and found a load of wet laundry sitting in the dryer.
 

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Y'all are cracking me up! :LOL My 4 and 6 yo would LOVE to be unleashed in the laundry room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> They are always climbing on the machines while screaming "I want to put the soap in" "Let ME push the button" etc. Problem is, they would probably put ALL the detergent in, fabric softener would fill the dispenser, if it even made it in there, and they would be fighting the whole time. The also love to vacuum but always manage to back the handle into whatever is behind them, so I worry about holes in my walls, broken windows, and broken glass in the curio cabinet lol. Hopefully they get better at these things and still want to do them when *I'm* ready for them to do them lol.
 

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My 4 and 6 yo would love to do laundry too! But all that eagerness seems to disappear when they are old enough to really be useful about big jobs like laundry. But I take what help I can get!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 9, 11 and 12 year olds do their own laundry. It *has* on occassion led to such disasters as ds putting a load of rinsed, but not washed cd's into the dryer. EW. Today before I left for work, I requested that my 9 year old take the load out of the washer and put it in the dryer. What a literalist - I came home from work and found a load of wet laundry sitting in the dryer.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sick"> and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> :LOL<br><br>
And Zen, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> candy left in your pocket, tsk, tsk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Nobody in my house would dare mess with the laundry room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have a pretty good setup, though. My 9yob brings the hampers down and sorts them into lights, darks, towels, etc. I wash and dry clothes. Hang clothes get immediatedly hung up on a rack and fold clothes are sorted into each family member's own bin. The older kids fold and take care of their own and a younger siblings clothes. So they work around my schedule. If the dryer is empty, go for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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