Five ways to encourage your teens to do the ironing is a paid post in collaboration with Euronics. I think that mum had me ironing tea towels and pillowcases from when I was about ten years old, however, I wouldn’t have trusted my boys with an iron at ten, in fact, it is only recently that I have felt that the boys’ are responsible enough to be trusted with something so hot!
I hate ironing with a vengeance, so much so that I outsource the majority of it! But for years, I did all the ironing in the house from work shirts to bedding (yes, I am one of those odd people that love getting into ironed bedding). One thing I can not get away with not ironing or pressing to be correct is fabric when I am quilting and sewing. So If I am going to be using an iron then it needs to be easy to use but also effective. When Euronics asked me to review the Bosch Sensixx’x D190 I decided it was a great time to get the boys’ ironing too.
I am a big fan of Bosch Irons, my Mum used one and I have a Bosch Steam Generator for when I am doing a lot of ironing, which I love, but it is not small and when I am sewing I really need a standard sized iron that I can get in and out quickly and also take with me to retreats and to guild.
What I love about the Bosch Sensixx’x D190
- It doesn’t remain hot if you are not using it. Once you release the handle for more than 10 seconds the iron stops heating automatically. perfect for when you are not continuously ironing or have to step away.
- It is super easy to fill. There is no spilling when you are trying to fill it with water.
- It has an “i-temp” function, which magically knows what you are ironing and ensures that a suitable temperature is picked.
- It has variable steam functions, so you can manually adjust and boost the steam required at the touch of a button.
- It is simple to use. Even the boys can use it without reading the instruction manual. It is intuitive to use making it perfect for everyone to use.
Five ways to encourage your teens to do the ironing
- Pay them – seriously this is a great way to get them to ironing. Pay them a regular wage to do everyone’s ironing. Money really motivates my kids, but I insist that it is done to a certain standard and regularly.
- Do not stand over them and criticise. This is really hard, but I have learned that there are more ways than just my way. Demonstrating my way with Maxi works, but Mini needs to do it his way and figure it out himself. So this is where youtube ironing lessons come in!
- Do not do it for them. Just put their clean laundry in their bedroom and leave them to it.
- Make it fun. Why not set an ironing challenge for them or let them listen to their own music or TV show whilst they do the ironing. We have no tech after 7 pm normally, however, I let them watch youtube after 7pm if they are doing the ironing which is a great incentive!
- Set expectations – in this household we are all responsible for making it run smoothly. So they have to help with the laundry and have since they were little. This is not a new rule which makes them start to help much easier.
Do your kids do any ironing? How old are they?
When I was growing up our house was run as a B&B so part of my chores was ironing the bed linen, as well as laying the tables for breakfast each morning, taking the orders and serving the food. Blimey when I think about it I had to do so much more than my daughter does now!
I think it’s time I increased her chore list!
As I read your post I was thinking about my own teenager and how I get her to do the ironing, and then I saw your list and it was at #1! I pay her! The money motivates her and even though she may not love the job, she accepts it and it means she knows how to iron – one more step toward independence and looking after herself one day!
Forget the kids – it’s me who needs all the encouragin in our family! This model does sound good though, for when they’re old enough to start. I like the fact that it switches itself off when you let go.