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At what age should a child start ironing?

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Boogers Wed 13-Apr-16 19:13:09

H and I had a big argument last night about the things that DS(12) can and can't do. I said DS should be learning how to iron by now, to which H strongly disagreed.

I remember ironing my dad's hankerchiefs when I was about 7 or 8, and when I was about 12 or 13 I was ironing my school uniform on a Sunday evening (in autumn it was 5 shirts, 3 box pleated skirts, 1 blazer, in summer it was 5 dresses and 1 blazer).

DS had no issues with co-ordination or ability to sense hot and cold, there is no reason why he can't learn to use an iron. H says that he and his brother never ironed when they were younger (his brother is 40 and has never ironed in his life; his parents, my in-laws, do it all for him).

Who is being unreasonable here, me or H? Should I encourage DS to learn how to iron?

Mumandmummer Wed 13-Apr-16 19:13:45

I'm 30 and I've not started ironing yet.

Maryz Wed 13-Apr-16 19:15:31

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moggiek Wed 13-Apr-16 19:16:07

YANBU. Time for him to learn.

pointythings Wed 13-Apr-16 19:16:51

Never. Ironing is a voluntary activity for obsessed people, not a life skill. I have no intention whatsoever of teaching my DDs to iron, and they are 13 and 15. Life is too short.

PennyHasNoSurname Wed 13-Apr-16 19:17:27

His future wife or husband will thank you for it.

Its good to learn chores.

GreenMarkerPen Wed 13-Apr-16 19:18:53

ironing is totally pointless imo.
but if they want to wear ironed clothes 10 is a good age to start learning.

Ameliablue Wed 13-Apr-16 19:19:42

Even if you don't iron often it is still useful for certain things.

CMOTDibbler Wed 13-Apr-16 19:19:55

My ds is 9 and does pillow cases, simple garments, and is learning to do shirts currently.

We don't do a lot of ironing, but its important to learn.

Dutchess61 Wed 13-Apr-16 19:20:06

I taught my DS at 12. I also hate ironing but look like a sack of shit in creases.

YokoUhOh Wed 13-Apr-16 19:20:20

I never iron. It is completely pointless wife work. Irons give me the heebie-jeebies with 3 yo DS running around: they're extremely dangerous. Encourage him to buy non-iron shirts, or take them to the dry cleaner.

RobotMenu Wed 13-Apr-16 19:20:28


I never iron. Pointless.

whattheseithakasmean Wed 13-Apr-16 19:20:31

Never. I don't iron. I agree with Maryz I have taught my DDs how to crumple a corner of an item in a shop to check if it will need ironing - a far more useful life skill.

OddBoots Wed 13-Apr-16 19:21:17

We don't iron much, only pillow cases (just a habit for probably flawed hygiene reasons) and shirts but my DC started doing their own aged about 10 - around the time they moved up from Cubs to Scouts. They have never had an injury but I did have to fold away the board for them when they first started as it has a bit of a knack.

sonjadog Wed 13-Apr-16 19:22:23

I learnt in my mid-teens, I think. But that was 30 years ago and fabrics have changed a lot since then. I maybe iron something once a year now. I don't think it is an essential lifeskill like it once was. Does anyone use hankies that need ironed any more?

Oysterbabe Wed 13-Apr-16 19:22:36

I haven't learnt yet. I'm 35.

Jenijena Wed 13-Apr-16 19:23:18

His mother had boys, and sadly this attitude of not teaching sons to do basic tasks (also includes changing sheets on bed, cleaning a toilet) seems common in a certain generation of Mothers Of Boys.

I rarely iron, but you need to know how to, and 12 is plenty old enough to learn...

DaisyAdair Wed 13-Apr-16 19:23:25

I think my son was 10 when he started ironing his school uniform.

Not iron? How can they look smart for work?

OneMagnumisneverenough Wed 13-Apr-16 19:23:45

My two boys started when they started high school. Shirts first year and trousers the next. If you can do both those things you can do anything. YANBU. it's a skill for life no reason for them not to learn and 12 is old enough. I used to earn pocket money by doing my older siblings stuff for them for nights out. And that was in the days of massive flares.

pointythings Wed 13-Apr-16 19:24:05

sonja hankies? Virus factories. Boak. Catch it, kill it, bin it.

JosieGrossie Wed 13-Apr-16 19:24:34

I don't own an iron! If his clothes need to be ironed, I see no problem for a 12 year old to learn how to do it.

Twooter Wed 13-Apr-16 19:24:45

I think it's the right age. I taught my dd1 when she was off sick from school aged about 9. Very rarely does it but at least she knows how to.

WonkoTheSane42 Wed 13-Apr-16 19:25:21

Never. Ironing can fuck off.

OneMagnumisneverenough Wed 13-Apr-16 19:25:46

And they've changed their own beds since they were very young. They can run a Hoover too but I'm ashamed that they don't do a lot more and they probably should.

BarbarianMum Wed 13-Apr-16 19:26:30

Mine will be learning just before they start secondary so they can iron their own uniforms.

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