Laundromats serve as convenient outlets to wash high volumes of clothes at once (as you have access to multiple washing and drying machines at once) and allow customers to access additional services such as alterations or dry cleaning. They’re also great places to catch up with other individuals in the community and have discussions.
But what about on those laundry days where your children are at home, you have nobody to watch them and the and they must accompany you on your trip to the laundromat? As entertaining and lively as young kids can be, their short attention spans and constant need for entertainment can make them a real challenge to navigate while completing laundry. Fortunately, these tips will keep your little one looking forward to the trip and help you keep your sanity throughout it all!
Involve Them in the Process
Delegating basic tasks to your children, keeps them engaged during your laundromat visit and gives them a sense of importance with their ability to help you. Furthermore, being involved in the laundry process helps instill a sense of work ethic in your child and shows them the importance of being an active participant in completing household chores.
So, on your next laundromat visit, consider letting your child help you load the machines or add the soap to the washer. This goes a long way in making them feel valued and included.
Bring Items to Occupy Their Attention
Once clothing is in the wash or drying cycle, this is where the waiting game comes into effect and many young kids struggle. To keep them occupied and curb potential meltdowns, here are some avenues to explore:
- Bring their favourite books to read;
- Have a tablet or laptop with TV shows you’d have them watch;
- Allow them to express their creative side with colouring books or puzzles.
All of the above options can be constructive forms of entertainment while at the laundromat. At worst, pull out your smartphone and let them play their favourite game!