Okay aspiring new dad, let’s talk about a dirty topic. Laundry. Unless you live in a naturist community, in which case this will all apply to your linens and towels only I guess, then you wear clothes. Maybe up to now you and your wife shared laundry duty, or maybe she carried that load herself. (Pun intended) But now you are bringing a new baby home from the hospital and hopefully by this point you’ve discussed your fears about the future with your lovely wife, and you’ve changed 20-40 diapers so far.
It is easier to stay in the moment of wonder and bliss while you’re in the recovery room in the maternity ward. But now you’re back home though, and the inescapable weight of reality will hit you. You knew your life would be forever changed as you journeyed into Dadhood, but the scope of that change will now become clear. One of those things that you will notice is that the new mom that lives in your house will be busier. That’s where you come in, aspiring dad.
Do The Laundry
That’s right, do the laundry. To take your dadhood to the next level, you should do it all for a minimum of a few months. If you can succeed at that it will be something that your dear wife won’t have to worry about while she has her own life turned upside down. If you can lighten her load, and part of being a Dad is doing what is right to make your family successful. That includes stuff you may not be accustomed to doing.
So here is a short primer on the laundry, if you need it. First of all, if you have a washer and dryer, this is simple. Separate your loads and remember this phrase “whites warm, colors cold”. Some will disagree, but you should separate 5 ways. Whites; Lights; Darks; Towels; Linens. That will get you through most tasks. I’ll refer you to YouTube for all the various cool ways to fold stuff. Although you will be better off just folding things the same way they already are in your house. Here is why: a good dad is a good husband.
Because any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.