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“I Am Mine”

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#22 Mar 26, 2013
Stina wrote:
LW2 also has to think about whether they are going to have kids someday. First off, do you want your kids crawling around in a bunch of crap on the floor. And, beyond that, she is going to teach the kids that the behavior is acceptable. So, eventually the LW will be picking up after his wife AND the kids!
I have a relative like this and the kids walk in the house and drop the coats on the floor (the hook is right there), garbage lays around, etc. Those kids are going to have some hard habits to break.
My wife is not a slob. But we have differnt mindsets when we get home. When I get home, I got right to my room and change out of my work clothes. She will stay downstairs for a little while in the stuff she wore all day. As such, ifshe brings the kids home, she's fine with them dropping their crap right at the foot of the stairs. Oh, hell no. Cause then they will end up not taking it and putting it away later. When I bring them home, they are to go right to their room, and change if they need to and make sure they take their crap to their room as they go. to me, that should be the routine. She commented that it was like I was the Gestapo or some drill sergeant. Nope. its just a routine that they should learn that will help minimize the clutter.

Since: Jan 10

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#23 Mar 26, 2013
Stina wrote:
LW2 also has to think about whether they are going to have kids someday. First off, do you want your kids crawling around in a bunch of crap on the floor. And, beyond that, she is going to teach the kids that the behavior is acceptable. So, eventually the LW will be picking up after his wife AND the kids!
I have a relative like this and the kids walk in the house and drop the coats on the floor (the hook is right there), garbage lays around, etc. Those kids are going to have some hard habits to break.
I used to babysit for three kids starting when they were ages 4, 2, and newborn. Shag carpet in the LR. When the baby started crawling, I had to pick up pennies and tiny lego pieces out of the carpet as soon as I Got there. Every time.

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#24 Mar 26, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>My wife is not a slob. But we have differnt mindsets when we get home. When I get home, I got right to my room and change out of my work clothes. She will stay downstairs for a little while in the stuff she wore all day. As such, ifshe brings the kids home, she's fine with them dropping their crap right at the foot of the stairs. Oh, hell no. Cause then they will end up not taking it and putting it away later. When I bring them home, they are to go right to their room, and change if they need to and make sure they take their crap to their room as they go. to me, that should be the routine. She commented that it was like I was the Gestapo or some drill sergeant. Nope. its just a routine that they should learn that will help minimize the clutter.
As a lifelong slob, ITA. Get the good habits ingrained in them NOW.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#25 Mar 26, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>My wife is not a slob. But we have differnt mindsets when we get home. When I get home, I got right to my room and change out of my work clothes. She will stay downstairs for a little while in the stuff she wore all day. As such, ifshe brings the kids home, she's fine with them dropping their crap right at the foot of the stairs. Oh, hell no. Cause then they will end up not taking it and putting it away later. When I bring them home, they are to go right to their room, and change if they need to and make sure they take their crap to their room as they go. to me, that should be the routine. She commented that it was like I was the Gestapo or some drill sergeant. Nope. its just a routine that they should learn that will help minimize the clutter.
Team Tonka on this one. Had the same problem with my SIL and trying to get J on board with it.

Pretty much everything I owned growing up was supposed to be in my bedroom, unless there was a good reason for it not to be, like a pair of dog-walking shoes by the door. My parents had piles of clutter around the house, but it was *their" house. Plus, that way if you lose something, as kids are prone to do, it *really* cuts down on the amount of places you check.
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#26 Mar 26, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>My wife is not a slob. But we have differnt mindsets when we get home. When I get home, I got right to my room and change out of my work clothes. She will stay downstairs for a little while in the stuff she wore all day. As such, ifshe brings the kids home, she's fine with them dropping their crap right at the foot of the stairs. Oh, hell no. Cause then they will end up not taking it and putting it away later. When I bring them home, they are to go right to their room, and change if they need to and make sure they take their crap to their room as they go. to me, that should be the routine. She commented that it was like I was the Gestapo or some drill sergeant. Nope. its just a routine that they should learn that will help minimize the clutter.
And in no way shape or form is it teaching them good habits by just dropping it there. There's no reason to not just put it away!
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#27 Mar 26, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I used to babysit for three kids starting when they were ages 4, 2, and newborn. Shag carpet in the LR. When the baby started crawling, I had to pick up pennies and tiny lego pieces out of the carpet as soon as I Got there. Every time.
That's scary and dangerous!

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