A Neat and Clean House vs Children

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A Neat and Clean House vs Children
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 8:35am

For those of you who like a neat and clean house, how do you keep it that way with children?

I find that if I am tied to goal of having a neat and clean house, I become a raging shrew against my children as they proceed to undo all the neatness I have worked so hard to attain. If I made a "neat and clean house" my goal, my children would not have their messy projects that take days/weeks to complete. My children would not pick up a book (casually left out)as they walk through the family room and browse through- discovering once again the mother actually knows about a few good books. I would let them watch more tv/computer time, as they don't make things as messy when they do. I would squash their ideas if I thought it would make too much of a mess. I wouldn't let them cook/experiment in the kitchen- as it is usually more work for me to clean up after they have "cleaned up". So, how do you inspire creativity and imagination in a neat and clean house? Are you on top of them to put things away as soon as they are done even if it is temporary? Where do you put the legos?....... Have you ever allowed them to take over the living room with all of their toys arranged in a city complex (thomas the train things were the Metro, legos and blocks were the buildings....)? How long would it stay up? Would let it be up for the summer so they could add to and change tings around as they got new ideas? Or allowed them to take over half of the family room for a month+ while they build and live in a beaver lodge (using all the empty shoe and other boxes and some that weren't empty)? Even if you have to walk around it everyday to get to the kitchen? Or do you require that all toys be put away everyday?

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:55pm
Another big difference is that we only have one television in our home, which does not receive any stations, it is for movie viewing only, and it is in the family room in the basement. We could be all downstairs watching a movie but we would hear the bell because we have a receiver downstairs. We wouldn't have the TV on loud enough to drown out the doorbell; it is quite loud, on purpose.
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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:56pm

Exaclty how it is here. People are walking from early dawn until midnight or after. Walking dogs too. If a car parks on the road someone will notice it doesn't belong to any of the neighbors.

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 2:58pm

Yes, that does. We have several and I do believe 3 of them are on right now. I also hear country music coming out of my kids room!


If all is quiet you can hear the door bell all over the house here. Sometimes you can't even hear Foxnews report from the kids and we are going we have to rewind the news now to see what they just said ha


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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:01pm

one can take it too far and that would be really sad imho.


So, what would be taking it too far, iyo?

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:02pm
Yeah, another big difference. It will be a cold day in hell before I expose children to Fox News!
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:03pm
I've always thought of the perfect Southern hostess as a woman who would answer the door at any hour and welcome you in and offer coffee-- whether you called first or not.
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Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:04pm

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:05pm
I don't like my kids to watch the news at all, Fox or otherwise.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:05pm
Sounds like an awfully dangerous place to live. We wouldn't really have a problem not being able to see who's there if they knocked without calling-- the door is usually wide open.
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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:07pm
Ignoring people who ring your bell, because they didn't call ahead, doesn't say "homey" to me.

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