To make DS pack his own clothes for a weekend away?

(26 Posts)
TooTiredToBeCreative Tue 25-Jun-13 18:14:05

DS is 10, with a recent attitude adjustment I thought I wouldn't have to face until at least 14. I wash & iron his clothes and expect him to put them away.

Recently he either doesn't put them away, leaving them on floor so that half of them end up being put back in the wash before they are even worn, the rest get shoved into drawers and look worse than they did before I ironed them. I don't know why but a neat pile of folded clothes becomes a crumpled mass as soon as he gets his hands on them.

I emptied his drawers, refolded everything and asked him to put clothes away nicely, he threw the clothes all over the room before shoving them back into the drawer, we repeated this twice...so... I have finally snapped & told him I will no longer be ironing his clothes, I will wash & dry, no more. We are going camping this wkend & I have told him he is responsible for packing his own clothes and anything forgotten is down to him & he must face the consequences.

So AIBU? Is this too much to expect of a 10 yo?
excuses from him- he doesn't have much storage space so clothes are squeezed in making it difficult to keep neat
Excuses from me- I am 8 1/2 months pregnant with dc 4, permanently exhausted and sick of being everyone's dogsbody... Be gentle!

xylem8 Tue 25-Jun-13 20:23:27

what is this 'ironing' thing you speak of?

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