"If you want your white clothes to stay white, don't wash them with clothes that aren't white." I didn't have to say this to our Willow as we left her with the same family I spent a gap year with in Germany some 34 years ago. She and her sister have been doing their own laundry since they were eight. They have also learned to cook and to clean up after themselves. They know not to spend money they don't have and to always keep some in reserve in case there is an emergency.