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: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:08pm

LOL Bill O'Reilly is well known here. Dh and I watch him nightly ha


I love Today Show (esp Kathie Lee & Hoda's hour) so that runs every morning.


But yeah, we go back and forth btw Andy Griffith and Fox News early evening duirng supper time.


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Registered: 05-10-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:08pm
Yeah, another big difference. It will be a cold day in hell before I expose children to country music!
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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:10pm

Kathie Lee & Hoda's hour


I've seen this on at the gym from time to time, lol.

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:10pm

I've taken the advise of two professionals so I feel comfortable with that decision.


Now if I see Mary Ann pulling in the driveway I've got the front door open and pouring a glass of sweet tea before she steps one foot on my front porch and telling her she better sit down and stay for supper as she smells the southern fried chicken from the kitchen.


But if I don't see Mary Ann and she rings or texts me "I'm in your driveway) there is a delay but same exact response.


It would

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:12pm

It will be a cold day in hell before I expose children to country music!


My dd13 loves it.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:13pm
One of the things I like about living in our house is just that. There are almost always people out and about walking dogs, kids playing, etc. Plus, all but one of my closest neighbors are retired and home most of the time watching what's going on.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:13pm
My southern grandmother is rolling in her grave! A TV on during a family meal! Blasphemy!
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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:13pm

No it isn't. Not in the neighborhood (zero crime rate as of last report remains and has been that way for as long as I can remember, been here for years and years)


I'd walk the neighborhood in the dark at midnight. I'd go out in my driveway or sit on the front porch at 2am. I'd come in from a movie at 2am and walk to my front door.


People come to our front door. We don't use it. It is always locked. I don't think they want to walk ALL the way around the house to one of the other doors they could use that yes, we could see them clearly.


Polkadots&FlipFlops

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Registered: 07-09-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:15pm
If I can hear the door bell, see who it is, I openly and happily open the door. But no, when I can't hear the door bell and never knew they were on my front porch can't do much about that. If I can't see them then based on professionals advice I'm not opening the door.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Tue, 07-27-2010 - 3:15pm
I was cringing, but I don't know enough about southern *culture* to question it, lol.

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