May 6, 2013
The standards I set for cleanliness in my house are very different from my kids' standards. Their idea of a clean room is profoundly divergent from mine. Instead of saying, "I'm the mom, do what I say," I first try to remember what I was like at
their age. I'll admit that doing the dinner dishes was not my favorite job. I would 'accidentally' leave the used, fat-filled broiler pan in the oven and 'forget' to wash it. Now I can look back and appreciate my mom's displeasure at finding this little surprise the following day when I was at school. But, I thought it was a disgusting job, and did not want to touch the waxy, greasy fat. Still, I kept my room pretty neat. Now, I need to venture into one teen's room weekly just to be able to restock my glassware and cereal bowls.
I've learned to pick my battles when it comes to situations like this and I've come to an agreement with myself and my kids: they need to make their beds daily before they leave school, straighten their room to my standards once a week, and clean it thoroughly and reasonably every two weeks. What also helps me is shutting their door and remembering how cute they were when they were younger. I know that before long, I'll be turning one of those rooms into a home office, and the other into an exercise area. I guess they can be a little messy, as long as I can be a little sentimental.
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