Genevieve was very excited when I told her the time had come for her to learn to iron. She is 6-and-a-half, in case you wondered.
The adjustable ironing board made this easy. I ironed one hanky and then handed the napkins over to her. Watching my daughter handle a very hot iron was not easy, but she did great! I stayed nearby and my main directions (with no forethought) were "wiggle and push! wiggle! push down hard!"
A few times I had to remind her to set the iron on its heel instead of burning an iron-print on the ironing-board cover.
But that evening, when I could tell our guests that Genevieve had ironed their napkins, everyone beamed with pride. It is truly exciting to see a child maturing.