By i_am_forever - United States - San Francisco
Today, my daughter was putting clothes in the drier when she yelled, "Mom!! The drier won't start!" I had to explain to her that the door needed to be shut. Her response, "Oh. I didn't know that mattered." She's 15. FML
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  o76923  |  8

Why? Most devices function just fine with a door open. The only exceptions that I know of are microwaves, dryers, and dishwashers. If you haven't had your kid working with those before or showed them using those before then I don't think it's reasonable for them to just know it.

I'll admit that I probably would've tried it but my parents encouraged me to explore and be inquisitive. So I naturally have been troubleshooting things. There wouldn't be logic behind it. I would have just been trying random things like pressing buttons again, checking the plug, and the like. But lots of parents don't encourage those values, especially for young girls.

  o76923  |  8

Seriously, go to the laundry room of any college in a froshling dorm during their first month or so. Tons of kids never figured out how the machines work.

  brightsky  |  2

Dryer is the actual machine that dries clothing. Drier is another form of more dry. So that means... A dryer makes clothes drier. The op used the wrong form.