I attended a professional development conference today at MSU Denver (my alma mater). In one of the workshop sessions, the presenter mentioned — just as a side comment but with no small measure of pride — that each of his four children do their own laundry and have done so since the age of 5.
The workshop was excellent. The content was interesting and the presenter’s perspective was fresh and interesting. But it was the totally random aside about four children each doing their own laundry that keep popping up in my thoughts.
This parental dictum is nothing new to me. When I was a teen, my siblings and I each did our own laundry. When my own children were young (in the mid- to late 1990’s), many of my friends and parenting peers were instituting similar laundry policies.
While I understand and appreciate the lessons parents are attempting to instill, I feel the whole concept is misguided. As with so many widely-distributed, conventional-wisdom parenting policies imposed in an effort to instill a sense of responsibility and independence, I …. well, to be frank, I think it’s poorly thought out. And to be even more blunt, I think it’s stupid.