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Xai [TotalFark]
2020-11-29 10:11:49 AM  
This is stupid, everyone knows he should be down the mill collecting spools from under the looms.
 
2020-11-29 10:20:03 AM  
My 5-year-old refuses to fold laundry for me. Help!

So, this person wants a slave, not a child. Hell, probably could've saved a lot of money by just hiring a maid instead of having a kid.

/I can see the point behind folding laundry, but making a bed is a pointless time wasting activity for anyone of any age. Just throwing that in there.
 
2020-11-29 10:27:22 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: My 5-year-old refuses to fold laundry for me. Help!

So, this person wants a slave, not a child. Hell, probably could've saved a lot of money by just hiring a maid instead of having a kid.

/I can see the point behind folding laundry, but making a bed is a pointless time wasting activity for anyone of any age. Just throwing that in there.


My late SIL operated this way. With four kids, she needed the help yet demanded labor while she did nothing. Did the kids learn to pitch in? No, they learned how to avoid work just like mom.
 
2020-11-29 10:31:44 AM  
If you're going to let a five year old "fold" laundry you may as well just wad it up and stuff it in the dresser drawers.

Much more useful is folding the laundry yourself and having the kid put it away.
 
2020-11-29 10:37:00 AM  
Make it a game.
 
2020-11-29 10:50:38 AM  
The five year old folds the dish towels and rags while you fold the laundry. You make it fun and laugh and talk while you do this. You do not re-fold the dish towels, at least not in front of them. You make a fun game out of sock matching.

Do this, and you might, maybe raise a child who will fold the laundry independently some day.
 
2020-11-29 10:57:58 AM  
I think everyone in my neighborhood had a kids washing machine.

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Then you just ran around until your clothes were dry.
 
2020-11-29 12:10:43 PM  

iheartscotch: Make it a game.


Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.
 
2020-11-29 12:12:02 PM  

optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.


I mean with a couple of spoonfulls of codeine, everything is a game.
 
2020-11-29 12:17:15 PM  
I don't fold laundry except for formal (and formal-ish) clothes. I also don't ever fold dishrags. It seems foolish to spend so much time carefully folding things that literally only exist to deal with muck and spills. We have a hamper for clean rags in the kitchen, and I just throw them all in and then pluck them out one by one to use. It saves so much time.
Housework is already a 24/7 job. There is no need to make it harder. No one will come to your house and give you an award for the best-folded Tshirts and underwear.
 
2020-11-29 12:26:19 PM  

hobnail: If you're going to let a five year old "fold" laundry you may as well just wad it up and stuff it in the dresser drawers.

Much more useful is folding the laundry yourself and having the kid put it away.


This.

They can, it will just look like a 5 year old folded it.
 
2020-11-29 12:28:28 PM  
My parents had me help them with my clothes, because they were my clothes, and self reliance and responsibility and stuff.

I wasn't coordinated enough to fold dress shirts but I could pair socks, fold pants, and help sort stuff.
 
2020-11-29 12:33:24 PM  
Is there a farking article here, or just the one sentence?
 
2020-11-29 12:33:44 PM  

psychosis_inducing: I don't fold laundry except for formal (and formal-ish) clothes. I also don't ever fold dishrags. It seems foolish to spend so much time carefully folding things that literally only exist to deal with muck and spills. We have a hamper for clean rags in the kitchen, and I just throw them all in and then pluck them out one by one to use. It saves so much time.
Housework is already a 24/7 job. There is no need to make it harder. No one will come to your house and give you an award for the best-folded Tshirts and underwear.


come to my house. Mrs has one of those folding gadgets Sheldon used to make folded clothes the same exact size over and over. bless her heart, the woman folds Wal Mart bags into a perfect flat folded item and stacks them up for future use. living in our house is a trip.
 
2020-11-29 12:44:57 PM  
by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.
 
2020-11-29 12:49:19 PM  

sinko swimo: by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.


The important part is that people recognize how badly you suffered.
 
2020-11-29 1:17:26 PM  

optikeye: optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.

I mean with a couple of spoonfulls of codeine, everything is a game.


Until you can't get the tarts out of the oven for 3-4 days.
 
2020-11-29 1:20:55 PM  

DannyBrandt: sinko swimo: by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.

The important part is that people recognize how badly you suffered.


The poster wasn't complaining. Just making a good fu*king point.
 
2020-11-29 1:26:09 PM  
Hello and welcome to another mini episode of Dear Prudence, I'm your host, Danny Millbury

Dammit Danny, I can't keep up
 
2020-11-29 1:33:03 PM  

WTFDYW: DannyBrandt: sinko swimo: by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.

The important part is that people recognize how badly you suffered.

The poster wasn't complaining. Just making a good fu*king point.


Aw, I'm sorry.

Have you also spent the last 40 years of your life feeling like you weren't given the credit you deserved for all of your hard work and sacrifices?

So obviously kids today should have to demonstrate their worth by going through the same trivial hardships you had to endure.

Not, like, I don't  know... adults should actually WANT the younger generations to not suffer- or maybe- have it better?

WTF is wrong with you woe is me f*cks?
 
2020-11-29 1:38:09 PM  
Folding laundry was literally the first chore I was assigned as a kid.  Followed closely by dusting - sending a 6-year-old to dust the bottom rungs of the dining room chairs is just smart use of available resources.
 
2020-11-29 1:39:44 PM  
As someone without kids, I clearly have a LOT of opinions about them.

I've watched the way people raise good, helpful kids; they make everything a team effort.  Kids are mimics - if you're folding laundry, the little one will copy you.  If you are doing dishes and have a little step stool, the little one will climb their butt up there and splash in the water too.  They don't have to do a great job, it's just practice.
 
2020-11-29 1:43:48 PM  
Not only does my 5yo not fold laundry, she sits on the folded laundry, knocks the pile off the bed onto the floor and is otherwise destructive of the act of folding laundry.
 
2020-11-29 1:55:27 PM  

yakmans_dad: optikeye: optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.

I mean with a couple of spoonfulls of codeine, everything is a game.

Until you can't get the tarts out of the oven for 3-4 days.



In my day we called tarts "hookers" and an oven was a "trunk".

/G7, Street Fightin' Man!
 
2020-11-29 1:57:22 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: My 5-year-old refuses to fold laundry for me. Help!

So, this person wants a slave, not a child. Hell, probably could've saved a lot of money by just hiring a maid instead of having a kid.

/I can see the point behind folding laundry, but making a bed is a pointless time wasting activity for anyone of any age. Just throwing that in there.


Well if you're going to have kids anyway, there should be some perks like eventually not having to cut the grass, rake leaves, take out the garbage etc. It doesn't have to be all financial drain and suffering.
 
2020-11-29 2:11:20 PM  

optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.


I liked Mary Poppins Returns. And Saving Mr Banks.

/ Emily Blunt > Julie Andrews

// this has been Scotch's super hot takes that everyone will, obviously, instantly agree with...
 
2020-11-29 2:17:13 PM  

jaylectricity: Not only does my 5yo not fold laundry, she sits on the folded laundry, knocks the pile off the bed onto the floor and is otherwise destructive of the act of folding laundry.


Are you sure you it's not a cat?
 
2020-11-29 2:18:11 PM  

Mikey1969: Is there a farking article here, or just the one sentence?


Half of the sh*t they link is tweets. One sentence is right about the 'merkun attention spans these days.
 
2020-11-29 2:27:57 PM  

psychosis_inducing: I don't fold laundry except for formal (and formal-ish) clothes. I also don't ever fold dishrags. It seems foolish to spend so much time carefully folding things that literally only exist to deal with muck and spills. We have a hamper for clean rags in the kitchen, and I just throw them all in and then pluck them out one by one to use. It saves so much time.
Housework is already a 24/7 job. There is no need to make it harder. No one will come to your house and give you an award for the best-folded Tshirts and underwear.


Jeebus, you just reminded me that my late mother-in-law used to iron her bedsheets, even the fitted sheets.

/she also made a killer stuffing and gravy
//it would make you hurt yourself
///recipe lost, sadly
 
2020-11-29 2:31:45 PM  

sinko swimo: psychosis_inducing: I don't fold laundry except for formal (and formal-ish) clothes. I also don't ever fold dishrags. It seems foolish to spend so much time carefully folding things that literally only exist to deal with muck and spills. We have a hamper for clean rags in the kitchen, and I just throw them all in and then pluck them out one by one to use. It saves so much time.
Housework is already a 24/7 job. There is no need to make it harder. No one will come to your house and give you an award for the best-folded Tshirts and underwear.

come to my house. Mrs has one of those folding gadgets Sheldon used to make folded clothes the same exact size over and over. bless her heart, the woman folds Wal Mart bags into a perfect flat folded item and stacks them up for future use. living in our house is a trip.


HOW TO FOLD A T-SHIRT IN 2 SECONDS
Youtube t6XcCc8r4T4
 
2020-11-29 2:37:40 PM  
Kids should be allowed to be kids until they reach their 18th birthday, at which time they should be expected to assume all of the responsibilities of an adult without any previous instruction.  Unless it's some kind of adult responsibility that they don't want to do, then their unwillingness to do it can be attributed to human brain development continuing to the age of 25 or so.
 
2020-11-29 2:40:32 PM  

gunther_bumpass: yakmans_dad: optikeye: optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.

I mean with a couple of spoonfulls of codeine, everything is a game.

Until you can't get the tarts out of the oven for 3-4 days.


In my day we called tarts "hookers" and an oven was a "trunk".

/G7, Street Fightin' Man!


My reference was to my favorite SNL skit. Buck Henry played the guy in a constipation remedy commercial. He had groaned to his wife some euphemism about constipation and then neighbors, handymen, a policeman on the beat, etc. -- one by one, all poked their heads into the room to offer consolation. Eventually the silliness reached a crescendo and they ended the skit with a warning message on the screen: "Constipation. No Laughing Matter."
 
2020-11-29 2:56:27 PM  
Who expects a 5 year-old to fold laundry?

The 19th Century?
 
2020-11-29 3:03:15 PM  

sinko swimo: by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.


I'm not going to a WalMart, and you can't make me.
 
2020-11-29 3:18:53 PM  

PaulRB: Who expects a 5 year-old to fold laundry?

The 19th Century?


5 year olds can fold laundry, pick up after themselves, help set the table, help make their beds, take out the trash.

I think the apex (nadir?) of encouraging infantilism happened a couple of years ago: I heard someone on the radio talking about sexual consent. The woman was unsure if 18 year old women were old enough to consent.
 
2020-11-29 3:26:59 PM  

iheartscotch: Make it a game.


You fold it.
I tell you how it could be better folded.
If I can't - YOU WIN!

or
See how much laundry you can fold in 15 minutes...
...then try to beat that record!
 
2020-11-29 3:35:18 PM  

yakmans_dad: gunther_bumpass: yakmans_dad: optikeye: optikeye: iheartscotch: Make it a game.

Get a load of Mary Poppins up here.

I mean with a couple of spoonfulls of codeine, everything is a game.

Until you can't get the tarts out of the oven for 3-4 days.


In my day we called tarts "hookers" and an oven was a "trunk".

/G7, Street Fightin' Man!

My reference was to my favorite SNL skit. Buck Henry played the guy in a constipation remedy commercial. He had groaned to his wife some euphemism about constipation and then neighbors, handymen, a policeman on the beat, etc. -- one by one, all poked their heads into the room to offer consolation. Eventually the silliness reached a crescendo and they ended the skit with a warning message on the screen: "Constipation. No Laughing Matter."


That's funny - I dated a stripper who was molested by Buck Henry. Small world.

At least she didn't bite my nose off.
 
2020-11-29 3:45:06 PM  
Me at six: "I want to mow! I want to mow! I WANT TO MOW!"
Me at seven: "Me and my big mouth".
 
2020-11-29 3:57:02 PM  

DannyBrandt: I think everyone in my neighborhood had a kids washing machine.
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Then you just ran around until your clothes were dry.
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We use one of those as a dog washing machine too.
 
2020-11-29 4:40:38 PM  
I was folding laundry at five because I didn't like the way my mom folded things. After constant re-folding, she just started bringing my clean laundry to me and I would fold my clothes how I wanted them. I have mild OCD so I am very persnickety about my things, very organized and ordered. I didn't have my kids folding laundry at that age but I did expect them to put away what I had folded.
 
2020-11-29 4:47:31 PM  

OK So Amuse Me: I was folding laundry at five because I didn't like the way my mom folded things. After constant re-folding, she just started bringing my clean laundry to me and I would fold my clothes how I wanted them. I have mild OCD so I am very persnickety about my things, very organized and ordered. I didn't have my kids folding laundry at that age but I did expect them to put away what I had folded.


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2020-11-29 4:48:44 PM  
I stay at the house and fold laundry in front of the TV.  The kids get to go work in the coal mine.
 
2020-11-29 6:02:53 PM  

Mister Buttons: jaylectricity: Not only does my 5yo not fold laundry, she sits on the folded laundry, knocks the pile off the bed onto the floor and is otherwise destructive of the act of folding laundry.

Are you sure you it's not a cat?


Matter of fact we also have a cat and the description fits her, as well.
 
2020-11-29 6:16:12 PM  
I don't fold nor iron, back into the dryer to get out the wrinkles
 
2020-11-29 6:18:53 PM  
For you? Or with you? That makes a huge impact in how that kid responds.
 
2020-11-29 6:29:30 PM  

namegoeshere: The five year old folds the dish towels and rags while you fold the laundry. You make it fun and laugh and talk while you do this. You do not re-fold the dish towels, at least not in front of them. You make a fun game out of sock matching.

Do this, and you might, maybe raise a child who will fold the laundry independently some day.


My mom did something similar when I was a kid.
 
2020-11-29 6:29:57 PM  
Laundry?  I'm still trying to teach mine when to fold at poker.  I'll tell you what..it's not when you have a royal flush. Somebody has lost their puppy until they learn.
 
2020-11-29 6:59:19 PM  

WTFDYW: DannyBrandt: sinko swimo: by the time i was 5 i was preparing meals for the family. i got home first and had my house key on a string around my neck. didn't matter i was the youngest. we all had to pitch in, do chores and errands, and act like a gott damn family.

more children could use this type of discipline. go shop Wal Mart and you'll see what I've seen. there are a lot of horrible, stupid, irresponsible parents in America.

The important part is that people recognize how badly you suffered.

The poster wasn't complaining. Just making a good fu*king point.


I was a latch-key kid.  I discovered that making the food was a *privilege* not a chore.  If you make the food, it tastes the way *you* want dinner, not what weak-ass non-flavored junk your brother wants.

/bright-side
 
2020-11-29 7:14:14 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: My 5-year-old refuses to fold laundry for me. Help!

So, this person wants a slave, not a child. Hell, probably could've saved a lot of money by just hiring a maid instead of having a kid.

/I can see the point behind folding laundry, but making a bed is a pointless time wasting activity for anyone of any age. Just throwing that in there.


Folding clothes is easy and nobody's going to get hurt, so what's the problem you have with getting kids involved in domestic chores?

I folded laundry when I was five. My kids folded laundry when they were five. Hell, they were loading and running the washing machine when they were seven. And guess what? When they moved out on their own they were happy to teach roommates whose parents thought them too precious to help out.
 
2020-11-29 7:15:27 PM  

jaylectricity: Not only does my 5yo not fold laundry, she sits on the folded laundry, knocks the pile off the bed onto the floor and is otherwise destructive of the act of folding laundry.


So what you're saying is you have a cat?
 
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