Motherhood

Family Bonding over Laundry

 

the kids

Having three active kids can be a handful at times. They go through a few changes of clothes each day as their clothes get easily stained by food spills or soaked with their sweat from running all around. The laundry has to be done daily or else there would be mountain loads to tackle each week. As a family of five the laundry basket gets filled very quickly and I have to ensure that the clothes are put to wash each morning before the laundry basket starts to overflow.

Tiger girl is a  real little diva.  She insists on changing her clothes a couple of times a day especially if they get slightly stained with food or wet due to spills during mealtimes.  It’s really shocking that at 23 months she has more dresses and clothes then I have and her wardrobe is filled to the brim with clothes. Talk about being spoil for choice on what to wear.

Tiger girl and her dresses

Tiger girl posing with her favourite dresses.

To make my  laundry workload easier I have been getting all the kids to help out. The boys help to hang up/take down the clothes after they are washed or dried. Tiger girl is a bit too young  to hang up the clothes independently so she is assigned the task of carrying the freshly laundered clothes from our laundry area to the sofa  after they are dry. She also loves unloading our washing machine after the clothes have been washed.

Tiger girl helping out.

I  have been using comfort  together with our regular detergent to keep  the clothes soft and nice.  I love how fresh the clothes smell after the wash after softener has been added to it.  Comfort  has been dermatologically tested, with skincare research recognised by the British Skincare Foundation to be gentle on the most delicate and sensitive skin.   Using such a product has prevented my sensitive skin toddler from breaking out in rashes as it is suitable for skins of all types.

 

Tiger girl knows the washing clothes routine and happily takes the Comfort Ultra bottle to me when we do the laundry together.

I love seeing her smiling face as she asks for more clothes to carry from the laundry area to the hall. She happily makes countless trips till all the clothes are taken down. The boys help her out with the heavier towels and other laundry items which are too big for her tiny hands. They too help me fold and keep away the clothes neatly in the relevant drawers.

As I pass  the clothes to the boys to launder  I make use of the opportunity for an informal lesson with Tiger girl. I would call out to her ” Red socks” or ‘Blue blouse” as the items are being hung onto the rods. Sometimes we play the identification game with her where she needs to tell me who the item belongs to. Her brothers too are not left out as they are quizzed on the spelling of the different clothes and asked questions on what is the most efficient way to hang out the laundry.

Tiger girl is now able to identify most of the items  and who they belong to. She too knows most of her colors especially the colours red, pink and purple. Doggie boy is able to spell more words relating to clothes and Monkey boy gets a lesson in strategic planning. It’s great to see all the kids learning while having fun helping out doing the laundry.

Do you do your laundry in a similar manner?

Doggie boy

Doggie boy enjoying the softness of a freshly laundered towel

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Guest Post: What it Means to be a Full Time Mom

Today we are having a fellow SMB(Singapore Mum Blogger) mum sharing her thoughts on motherhood here at Dominique’s Desk. Let’s welcome Regina Moo of MummyMoo to the blog

 

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I race to him at the end of the work day, and am usually greeted with a squeal and a staccato hug. He then takes his shoes out, and prepares to come home with us. The routine works well for him… he has his cousin to play with in the day (as opposed to being an only child) and at the end of the day, he comes home with the two people who love him more than anything else in the whole wide world. It’s been working out, so far.

 

Weekends are sacred. Try to take him away from me. I bite.

I don’t know if this will be a permanent arrangement. I think that work is good for me and my family. It keeps me sane, and ultimately, the pay check also helps in meeting the escalating costs of having and maintaining a child in Singapore. I am doing what feels best for everyone… and we shall see how it goes as the boy gets older.

 

I am not justifying my decision to be a full time working mum. I read through what I’ve written so far, and I’m reminded again as to why I think that this is a course of action which I feel that we are comfortable with. I have had the luxury to make a choice, and for this I’m grateful.

 

That said, I really take my hat off to all Stay At Home Mums. It’s not easy handling everything, and juggling everything else atop of handling one, two or more! children who are usually more needy and demanding than many adults. I’m constantly amazed by the Stay Home Mum’s ability to keep everything together – and even though there are days when things could be better, they still solder on, for heart and home.

 

I still wish to have more time with my son, especially when I’m reminded over social media about the events of the day as recounted by the SAHM and on days when I’m missing him so much at work that it hurts. However, I have made my choice, and for now, it’s working out in all our favour.

 

I’m a Full Time Working Mum but it doesn’t make me a lousier mum than those who stay home with the kids. The time I have with my child is precious, and I have learnt the true value of it only because I don’t have the luxury of spending as much time as I am able to with him. We spend quality time together, as a family, and as much as the boy has brought us joy… we think that he’s happiest when he spends these precious moments with us, too.

 

Author’s Bio:
Regina documents her little family as they grow as one, charting everyday mundane events to milestones that will chart the shape of their future. She is enjoying being a wife and mother, two personae that she has never thought of becoming – in the past. She takes pride in being a working class stiff trying to be a first class Mum! She hares her thoughts about parenting and personal experiences at: MummyMoo