My Kids Make Me Laugh – Laundry

My Kids Make Me LaughMy kids make me laugh, but sometimes it’s not easy.  Over Christmas vacation, I feel like I lost my sense of humor.  I’m sure they said and did a lot of funny things, but they just seemed… … annoying at the time.

There, I said it.  My kids annoy the snot out of me some days.  It’s hard to remember that they are treasures when they’ve just trashed the playroom, eaten all the cookies, and seem discontent with any toy that doesn’t require batteries.

But it would take a heart of ice not to find SOME things funny.  Even when I’m mad, sometimes the stuff my kids say really does make me laugh.

We’ve been working on the whole laundry thing for months now.  I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect my kids to deliver their dirty clothes and towels to the designated basket instead of just leaving it where it drops.  The kids… not so much.

Me:  Watty, why is your towel laying in the middle of the hallway?

Watty:  Because that’s where I dropped it when I put on underwear.  What did you think I did?  Carry it from the bedroom and put in the hallway on purpose?

Me:  Well, what do you think SHOULD happen to the towel now?

Watty:  I think… you should pick it up before the cat finds it.  The litter box needs to be changed.

(i have to give him credit for impeccable logic, even though he clearly demonstrated bad judgement.  snark should NEVER be directed towards me. and he did pick up the towel – eventually.)

My kids also know better than to leave stuff in their pockets.  I flat out refuse to check pockets before I wash clothes.  I know I am not prone to leaving crayons, pens, or important receipts in MY pockets (don’t ask about car keys or cell phones).  I also tend to wash my nice clothes separately – just in case.

Me:  GoGo, why are there rocks in the washing machine?

GoGo:  Because I wanted you to clean them.

Me:  And the Legos?

GoGo:  I thought they needed washing too.

Lately, I’ve been working on getting the kids to put away laundry.  I’ve tried several techniques, but it seems to work best when I sort and fold their clothes and then ask them to put away the stacks.   The kids hate this.

Me:  Take the stack of underwear, put it away, and then come back.

Watty:  I can carry the socks at the same time.  Why do I have to make two trips?

Me:  Because I made two piles.

Watty:  Why?

GoGo:  So I won’t put underwear on my feet!!!!!

(this was followed by a visual demonstration, a song, AND a dance.  who can keep from laughing at that?)

With all that resistance to all things laundry, I was amazed to find that there is ONE thing they both like to do.  They love to push the buttons to start the machines.

Me:  Who wants to push the dryer button?

Watty!  ME!  I claimed it first!

GoGo:  Awwwww….

Me:  Watty, you get to move the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer.  Then you can push the buttons and make it go!

Watty: Yes!

Me:  GoGo, I’ll let you load the washer and push the buttons on it.  Is that OK?

GoGo!  YES!!!!

Suckers.

I laughed all the way from the laundry room.

Have your kids made YOU laugh lately?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

 

 

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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