Why She is Going to Have to Start Doing Her Own Laundry

1:25 PM – Standing in my own kitchen.

Hey Mommy!

Me: Hi Claudia. Why are you completely naked?

Her: Because I wanted to wear these underpants.

Me: Why? What happened to the underpants you were wearing?


Me: Did you pee in your underpants?

Her: No.

Me: Did you get food on your underpants?

Her: No.

Me: Then please go get the underpants you were wearing and put them back on.

She scowls at me.

Me: What?

Her: (whining) But those underpants were dirty.  I already wore them to school this day.

Me: Fine, but today we will be having a lesson learning how to do laundry.

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  1. Wheeeee! Laundry lessons.

    1) Always put your whites in with your reds and pinks. This will even out your clothes so that none of them feel too “catchy” and bright.

    2) Always dry your jeans with your wet bath towels, and take them out 20 minutes before the dryer cycle ends. Then immediately put the jeans and towels away, folded as tightly as possible. This will ensure that you invite as many new little mold friends as possible to the next “jeans and towels” party.

    3)Make sure you use non-colour-safe bleach on as many non-white items as possible. The reason for this should be self-evident: after pinking up the rest of your whites you are going to need some actual “white” clothes; bleach is great for creating insta-whites, as long as you don’t mind patchiness.

  2. Did she have that “not so fresh feeling” or something? Had everyone at school already seen her underpants this day, so she didn’t want to get caught it the same ones later?

  3. We have that here…she gets naked to to pee or poo and then demands NEW clothes.

  4. I finally learned to wash clothes after my sisters told me they would not wash my underwear.

    Now, I love doing laundry and do everything. I have a weird thing with warm clothes right from the dryer. Maybe I need help.

  5. We’ve had several laundry lessons for the opposite reason. My boy will forget to change his undergarments (usually socks, but occasionally underwear) resulting in the most horrible stench you can imagine after 2-3 days of stinky-boy-smell-buildup. It shouldn’t be the mom’s responsibility to wash that shit!

  6. Max is so doing his own laundry as soon as he can reach the washing machine controls.

  7. I’ve used that threat on RB. When he was about 3, he would change is shirt to match whatever was on TV or he happened to be pretending to be, resulting in an abnormal amount of dirty clothes. I actually counted 14 shirts in one day!

  8. :-)

    I Love that post..Love Love..
    and I love that she said “this day”.. that is SO 4

  9. Mom at Work says:

    This is why little guy has what seems like 47 pairs of undies. Laundry avoidance, just like a college freshman.

  10. My lovely daughter does her own laundry — sometimes. But she’s 21, so it’s a different story! I stocked up on underwear before she left for college so she could last at least two weeks if she was in the middle of exams.

  11. this is so eerily familiar

  12. I have a friend who’s son insists on changing EVERY single item of clothing the minute he’s in the door from pre-school… she does MORE laundry than anyone I know…

  13. Seriously, I’ve boycotted doing my 13 year olds laundry about a month ago. Knocks me out of the running for mom of the year but saves me the stress of having to scream at him for taking his pants off with one leg in and one out, all of his shirts one arm in and one out, and his socks wadded up in a ball that comes out of the dryer still wet!

    You know he had the nerve to “tell on me” to his Nana? She thought I was horrible but I told her she was welcome to come on over and do his laundry if she’d like. She lives 2 hours away. ;P

    In case you didn’t know, I found your blog through DadGoneMad. I’ve posted a complete list of everyone who left their blog link on his Big Big Stars post a while back in a post of my own in April called Blog Rolling With My Homies over on my blog, so if you want to see it come on over and sit a spell. I don’t bite..…that hard anyway!

    If you did know just overlook this and pretend I said something funny since my brain feels like mush from trying to comment on all 217 on the list because somebody had the bright idea to challenge me to it!!

  14. Too cute. My daughter used to do the same thing. Who am I kidding? She still does. I love that Claudia says “this day”. Chicken used to say that instead of saying “today”. Too cute. How’d the laundry lesson go?!

  15. Lil Joe is very picky about changing his clothes, too. Every morning means fresh underpants, even if the ones he has on were fresh just before bed (i.e., if he took a nighttime bath instead of a first thing in the morning one). If he puts on a pair of shorts/sweatpants/whatever when he gets home from school, he cannot wear them again until they’ve been laundered (even if he only wore them for an hour). And he’s been known to go through 4 pairs of socks in a day, just because he removes them when he comes home and insists on a new pair before going out again.

  16. oh yeah, zoe won’t wear the same panties to school that she wore to bed. this is when you just MAKE them wear them. heh.

  17. …AND a lesson in water conservation! 😉

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