This Girl Is a Problem Solver

March 16, 2012 by Michelle

The wee ones are … special. They make me giggle. Sometimes it’s intentional, and sometimes, it’s definitely not. We have a small issue with the wee ones forgetting to change their und*rgarments. They used to. And I swear I’ve taught them to do so every single day, but somehow it’s not sticking.

I discovered that there was an issue when doing laundry. While I had a plethora of socks from the wee ones (more socks than I thought possible given how many days it had been since I’d done laundry, actually), the same didn’t hold true for all items of their clothing. The next time I did laundry, I found the same problem. At that point, I had a discussion with the wee ones who simply looked at me blankly and stated that they didn’t understand the need to change their und*rgarments every day. I looked blankly at them, considering they insist I watch their pjs every single day and they put clean clothes into the laundry basket on a regular basis.

Huh.

We have a new routine in the mornings where I knock on their doors to ensure that und*ergarments are being changed. I’d say about 80% of the time, they have forgotten. Sometimes they tell me they have changed, but fortunately, I can tell when they’re not quite telling the truth. This morning, Little Miss assured me that she had had clean und*ergarments. After having just busted Mister Man, I was a little suspicious.

Me: Can you show me your dirty und*rgarments in your laundry basket? (knowing that I’d just done laundry)
Little Miss: Well, no. Last night, I didn’t wear any und*rgarments so I’d definitely remember to put on clean ones when I woke up in the morning.

Well. Of course. In case you’re wondering, I currently have another load of laundry running, and it does include the pjs she wore last night.

What’s your best creative solution?

    Comments

  • Pat


    That is curious. I wonder why they don't think to put their und*rgarments in the laundry basket. I can't think of a solution other than asking every morning.

  • Sandra


    Do your wee ones bathe/shower in the AM or PM? Our kiddos do nighttime showers, and I just make sure all their clothes end up in the laundry basket. Then after the shower they get into their clean underwear and pjs.

  • Michelle


    Pat – Ummm they don't think to because they “don't see the point” in changing them every day. I've failed as a mother.

    Sandra – It's pm… but shhh not every day in the winter. And since my husband is frequently in charge of bathing, these details get missed. A lot.

  • septembermom


    I Love Little Miss' response to your question. lol

    She's a smart one for sure!

  • tiarastantrums


    My son is this way – it drives me batty! I lay out new ones – he kicks them aside! Or tosses the clean ones in the laundry basket! (I seriously make him change – even if he is already dressed!)

  • Michelle


    Kelly – She's smart… yes. That's exactly the word I was looking for 😉

    Teresa – YES, the putting them in the laundry when they're clean drives me batty, too. Interestingly, they're doing laundry over spring break, and he went through his basket and pulled out all the clean clothes. Crazy.

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