He’s Killing Me

I need a lock for my laundry room.
Is it normal to have a 2 year old that does his own laundry? Because mine does, and it’s freaking me out.

Every few days for a couple of weeks I’d notice that my washing machine was running. And I didn’t start it. I figured that one of the twins had started it, but I thought it was just one of them messing with the buttons.

Then I started noticing that someone was taking the clothes out of the dryer, throwing them on the floor and transferring the clean clothes from the washer into the dryer. I know I should have been thrilled, but I don’t like anyone mixing things up.

Yesterday I had dirty clothes in the washer but it hadn’t been started. I came in later and all of the dirty clothes were in the dryer. Ugh.

And then the light went on. My selective little laundry someone is Spiderman. Yes, Spiderman. And he’s so concerned with the laundry because he only has 2 sets of Spiderman pajamas and slippers and since that’s all he’ll wear, it’s important that one set is clean at all times.

Today Spiderman spilled water on his Spiderman top and promptly put it into the dryer and started it.

I’m alarmed. I’m pretty sure this isn’t normal. I have a 2 year old child that calls himself Spiderman, refuses to wear anything except his Spiderman clothing, cuts his food with a saw, AND does his own laundry. It just doesn’t seem right.


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    Lacey in the Sky says

    How cute is he? I love the pics of him cutting his food with that saw! Crafty little sucker! I’d try teaching him how to actually do the laundry right… it’s worth a shot, right? This could end up working out beautifully for you!

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    Mamarazzi says

    fantastic!! time to teach him how to do it right…think of all the hours you will get back in your life!


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    Casey's trio says

    He is dedicated, ya gotta give him that much! Now just teach him how to properly use the washer and dryer and you can scratch one chore off your list!

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    stefanie says

    I agree, teach him to do it right! All great leaders find people’s talents and delegate.

    Maybe he’ll like toilets too. El learned toilets early because she loved swishing the brush around the bowl. I taught her to be thorough and to be sure to wash her hands afterward. She is the best bathroom cleaner in the house, and most of the time she sings because she really does enjoy it.

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    Simply AnonyMom says

    How very sweet of him, helping with the laundry and all. I bet it can be a freak out moment thinking your machines are revolting against you, lol.

    Hopefully he will continue to love laundry and learn to do it in the correct manner.

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    mannequin says

    kee hee hee. I think it’s adorable! Get him his own little apt sized washer and dryer!
    He is precious. What in the world is he going to be like in 5 or 6 years?
    I can’t wait.

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    mommaof4wife2r says

    well, i guess he’s just a super duper mommy’s helper. my kids like to mop, but i have to redo it…i would def take the help. what a good boy!

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    Jaysi says

    First of all, he is adorable and I totally want to eat him up. Second, fantastic!! You should totally put him to work! Teach him how to do it and then show him what laundry he can do. I think this is great news! Quite amazing!

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    Blog Stalker says

    Spiderman Rawks! Definitely just show him the right way to do it.

    I practically have to threaten death to get “older” kids to get theirs done. Definitely hone that diamond in the rough!

    Have a great day!

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    Jonny's Mommy says

    OK. I need your 2-year old to come teach my 2-year old and… well, me too. That’s awesome. Your kid is amazing. My kid is starting to like Spiderman a lot but not to the point of washing his own clothes.

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    the schirano triplets says

    hahaha! i love that he does the laundry to get his stuff clean. so cute! and i think it is pretty normal for a 2 year old to think he is spiderman…although the laundry thing? not so sure πŸ™‚

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    Kacey Randolph says

    The world is a safer place with this Spiderman in the world – and apparently really clean too! Too cute! :o)

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    Rhea says

    That’s hilarious. I wish I could get my kids to do laundry. Slightly alarming but hilarious.

    Cutting food with a straw? That can’t work too well!

    This was just such a funny post. Thanks for the morning smiles!

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    Laura says

    Are you back in town??? How was the wedding?

    I love the Spiderman thing — I had one of those, and it lasted for almost 2 years. Then it was a Denver Broncos football uniform and then Harry Potter. Good luck!! I will give you all my Spiderman stuff.

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    Brooke says

    Will he also do the other children’s laundry? You should be jumping for joy if he will. Most have no idea how to do this till they leave for collage.

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    Adrian says

    That’s hilarious! I can related. My 10 year old (who is old enough to know better – you’d think!) has a must-have pair of PJ’s too.

    Last week, he took them out of the washer and put them straight on, still wringing wet. Fortunately, I caught him before he went to bed or he would have woken up with pneumonia! Our basement is COLD – year round. He still argued with me – “Mom, they’ll dry, they’re just a little bit damp…”

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    Rhonda says

    WHAT??? Things like that aren’t normal? Well, crap.

    But then, my motto is, “If my kids don’t grow up and need some serious therapy, then I have not done my job properly!”

    I may not be the best person to take advice from. Like, ever.

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    Susan says

    Could he please come teach my two year old so I can experience this bliss?
    That is one unique little guy you have on your hands! So cute!

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    Carrie says

    I love it. My daughter is similar in that she wear a cheerleader outfit any chance she can. I love b/c I know that there will come a day when they don’t want to be superheros or princess anymore.

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    Kathleen says

    I laughed out loud on that one…how adorable and how funny!

    On a related Spiderman story, when my brother Paul was little, he was obsessed with Spiderman. When my youngest brother was born, my parents named him Peter, and boy you could not believe how mad Paul was at that. HE wanted to be called Peter because of Peter Parker. We still laugh about it to this day.

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    Mark and Kiss says

    Ha, ha, ha!!! That is so funny! You have one smart little boy on your hands.

    I remember when Anson was two and sister Almeida gave him a spiderman costume, he wore it ALL the time too, even through the airport once. Oh, my. I love little boys!

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    Honey Mommy says

    That is SO funny. What a cutie!

    I’m glad my boy will wear more than two pairs of clothing… I would never be able to keep them clean!

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    Yes, my name is Arizona says

    That’s so funny! If he keeps his love of laundry into adulthood he’ll make a great husband! lol!

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    Gunnisac Sandersons says

    What!!!! That is too cute, how can he reach? You must have front load machines. That cracks me up. Way to go Spiderman.

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    Aubrey says

    Has he found the soap yet?? LOL

    I find I get freaked out every time I hear the toilet flush. I never know what my 2 year old is putting in there before pushing that handle!!

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    Tinabean says

    It’s so cute that he has to have a clean Spidey outfit.
    Most kids wouldn’t even care if it was dirty let alone wash there own clothes.
    I think he’s definitely a keeper!!!

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      If it works the transition to a big kid bed shluod be amazingly easy! Since we come in and tuck the kids in anyways I don’t see why putting them into bed would be any different. Good luck, and let me know how it goes!

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    Jyl @ MommyGossip says

    He has super powers, Angie! Don’t question it. And you never know when they could come in very useful–as if doing your own laundry at 2 isn’t useful :).

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    Mekhismom says

    That is too funny. If my son could reach the washer I am sure he would do this too. For now he just closes the door to the dryer.

    Be thrilled, hopefully his interest in laundry will last until adulthood – one less chore for you!

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    Stephanie says

    He is TOO cute! His daily doings just keep me laughing! Can Spiderman spin his way to my house…I could use a little help!

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    Threeundertwo says

    If you look up “superhero” in the dictionary, the definition reads: man who does his own laundry.

    I say show him how to measure the soap and enjoy!

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    Tiaras & Tantrums says

    I think it is the age – my son did this for a long time – we were not allowed to call him by his name – he would freak out! He has been 2 seperate super heros. But he never did his own laundry! That is super funny!

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    Angie says

    Be very, very glad for this. All 4 of my sons learned to do their own laundry when they were little. Now, even to this day, everyone (including hubby) in our house does their own laundry, thank goodness!!!!

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    Rachel says

    Okay this little man of your cracks me up, and the way you write your posts just fab! Enjoy your spiderman while he’s still in laundry mode. πŸ™‚

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    Live.Love.Eat says

    Wow, I could see I’m not the only one who was amused by this. My chuckle started building right away and by the time I was at your last paragraph it escalated to a LOL. That is quite amazing!!!!!!!!!

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    Lindsay says

    that is so adorable – you need to get him on video in action. I’d show him how to sort the colors and be on my way! Too cute. Way to go spiderman!

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      This is a great post! A few years ago, 7:00 bedtime was a must in our house for our two liltte girls. We all woke up pretty early, they needed their sleep, and we needed our adult time. This worked pretty well after we had our liltte boy, too, for a liltte while. When he was about 2, we were still putting all the kids to bed around 7:00 so he could get enough sleep, but I was constantly getting after the girls, age 5 and 7, for talking and sneaking out of bed to play. Well, I finally realized that they just weren’t tired yet and needed a liltte downtime before sleeping instead of laying like a lump in bed in the dark. But our liltte guy wouldn’t go to sleep before his sisters because he could hear them playing and it became a fight to get him to sleep each night. So we solved this problem with a variation of your suggestion: Every night at 7:00 we started our routine (pajamas, potty, teeth brushed, prayers) and our son went to his room and the girls went to their room. I set a kitchen timer for however many minutes were left before about 7:45-ish. The girls could play quietly with legos or barbies or read a book until the timer dinged, then they put the toys back and turned the light off. This worked so well! I called it playtime and my favorite part about it was that it gave me something to take away as I deemed fit. They knew that the faster they got ready for bed the more playtime they got! If they didn’t go to sleep within a reasonable amount of time after the timer dinged, all it took was a warning of losing playtime the next day for them to quickly settle down and fall asleep. If I had to go in again, they lost their playtime the next day. This especially worked well with my 5 year old! Everyone was getting enough sleep and we all felt so much happier! Now they are 4, almost 7, and almost 9 and still sleep great just in time for our new baby to upset our sleeping schedule.

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    Jocasta says

    If only you could harness spiderman’s power for good!

    Seriously I think he might just be the cutest kid I have ever seen (apart from my own of course!)

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    Mandy says

    This post is funny. What a character you have! A child that has to do things his way and different than others; not a bad thing at all! And he does laundry??? What a fun kid!

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    Carrie and Troy Keiser says

    Amazing! So what you have to do is not leave unwashed laundry in the washer!
    How cute is that, that he is willing to do the laundry to insure clean Spidey outfits?! πŸ™‚

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    Laura says

    I love everything about this boy! What a great post to remember all these quirky things.

    All too soon it he will be grown up.

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    Laura says

    Oh and the laundry had me rolling. I mean how on earth does he know how to do that? That is the funniest thing I have heard in a LONG time!

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    Akelamalu says

    I popped over from Authorblog to read your ‘post of the day’.

    Send him over to me he can do my laundry! πŸ™‚

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    Bonnie the Boss says

    I think yu have a highly intelligent child on your hands, who just happens to be a normal boy. I love it!!!
    How do you keep up with all of your comments and e-mails? It is a wonder you even have time to pee.

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    Love seeing the Dr. Seuss rcrfeenee again! It reminds me of when we first met. P.S. How on earth are you able to let her ride the bus? I am totally terrified of letting my little one ride, which sucks because the bus stop is two feet from my house. It just makes me feel guilty not to drive him. Am I super weird?

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    Second that. Anyone thinking of geitntg this style of ink make sure the artist has permission or remixes the designs so they don’t step on anyone toes. These patterns communicate very specific cultural meanings and it is not ok to apply them to yourself if you are not of this culture ( or have been granted permission.)

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    about this, because i can’t unnarstedd your language. But, hey, I’ve got something to say about the tragedy that got the Spiderman thinking this. See the movie: his uncle dies because of his failure. But think again: if he got no power at all, he would not save his uncle either. And would never see the killer, because he would never go to fight. See the movie: that’s all a fallacy.

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    Thanks for following my blog Jennifer! Great to meet you. This post ckcars me up! In our house Woody and Jessie (Toy Story and Toy Story 2) hang from the family room blinds as well as Luke Skywalker. They have been known to hang out awhile. So funny to read that yours do the same thing. I look forward to keeping up with your blog!

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    First off you are mistaking Venom and the Symbiot. When the Symbiot first takes over and the ctmouse turns black it ISN’T Venom. That happens LATER. First he fights the symbiot, which is what Spiderman 3 is basically about. When he beats the symbiot(the black ctmouse) someone else takes it. That is when it becomes Venom. I am not getting into specifics I’ll let others get into all that.

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    Ha! The things we moms now say.Most retelcny I had to tell my youngest daughter, Stop licking your sister! She’s 9. Her sister is 11. I feel she should know better Shannon retelcny posted..

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    Dec06 we had the same problem with our DD when we went to the toldedr bed with one exception we put a door knob cover on the inside knob so that she can’t escape. she’s slept with her door closed since she was tiny, so there was no issue with her getting used to that. as far as the waking to play thing goes, she found her own rythm eventually. sort of. she sometimes still boycotts sleep for play. we’ve limited the toys in her room to her stuffed animals and a few books. we had to put a lock high up on her closet door to keep her from getting in there and wreaking havoc.i hope you find a solution soon!

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