September 21, 2015

EL Lavandero

I've been a stay-at-home mom since 2003, when I gave birth to the twins. We used to have house helpers but when they got families of their own, John and I decided not to get replacements.

We share the load in doing household chores, except that John didn't like washing and ironing the clothes. For quite sometime, I did the laundry but I eventually gave up. Up until now, we commission someone to do our laundry. Ate Jo will pick up the clothes and return it nice-crisp-sweet smelling and folded just the way I want it to be.

There are times (actually a lot of times!) when Rafael would need a costume the next day for school activities. Normally, we'd call Ate Jo to pick up the needed costume and wash it immediately. Last week, it was already late to call Ate Jo. Since I just finish ironing the clothes, I wouldn't dare wash the sutana Rafael needed.

It was a perfect timing to teach my son how to wash clothes, manually! Washing clothes manually helps the environment by saving water and electricity.

There's no shame in teaching your children to do the laundry.  It's even better if they learn it young and can practice and help while they're at home because it will boost their confidence and self worth. In the process, they will grow up to be responsible citizens of this world.

Since it was too late and I was lazy to go down the ground floor, I had Rafael wash the costume in the bath tub, hence, the title EL Lavandero. Enjoy watching!

"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, 
put some responsibility on their shoulders."
- Abigail Van Buren

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