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It brings tons of broken sleep, caca, dinner time messes, a ridiculous amount of laughter, enormous joy, unimaginable love but most of all — a nightmarish amount of laundry. Seriously, it is never ending. Just when you think you have tamed the beast, there are 10 other loads ready to go.
However, being a mamá does not mean doing it all myself. NO WAY. Any time I say “En ésta casa todos…” my 6 year old son and my 2 year old gordita shout out “¡AYUDAN!”
That means, “In this house we… all HELP out.”
I grew up with a nana, or maid/housekeeper as is the norm in Chile, but that didn’t stop my mother from having us work in the home or doing chores. From an early age I made my bed, cleaned the bathroom, folded laundry and like the great Hershel Greene (RIP) in the AMC series The Walking Dead says “we all have a job to do.”
When it’s laundry time in the very busy casa, I have my son bring down his basket and with my help loads up the washing machine. Of course he wants to pour in the detergent but one of the first things I taught him was about laundry room safety and how detergent is very dangerous, especially if the little one gets into it — she may look innocent, but she’s actually the trouble maker in the house!
That’s why, I told him I put it away up high. “Si, mami” he said “biiiiiiiiien arriba” and tried to jump up.
I had a huge scare years ago with the individually wrapped Tide Pods (it wasn’t that exact brand, but a similar one in the UK) where he got a hold of one, and because of the plastic wrapping and bright colors decided he wanted to get a taste. When I told him this, he got wide-eyed and promised to always be careful.
THANKFULLY he didn’t break the seal and I found him just in time sitting quietly near the washing machine, but it was a very scary moment. I prefer my children to learn household responsibilities at an early age, know the truths (such as what is dangerous, etc.) and know that I’m their mami, not their servant.
With that all said, I’ve got my own laundry to do – it’s time to get out my warm weather pieces to transition to spring so keep an eye out for that soon. I have some sweet looks that all mamas can wear and feel great in!