They choose to live in what most of us would describe as ranging between cluttered and untidy to downright squalor. Boys are sometimes worse than girls, tending to deposit half-eaten food items under soggy footy socks and snotty tissues under the bed. However, I have seen some girls rival even the filthiest of pigsties, with wet towels growing mould and even plates of what may have held some kind of snack at some point, piling up on the dresser.
- When it comes to personal space, bedrooms are a kid’s first real step into the world of their own domain. It’s meant to be theirs, so why do they have to keep it tidy if they don’t want to? It’s a battle waged across all houses, and most parents have at least one child who prefers to live in their own ‘personalized’ space.
- You can’t expect your teen to even contemplate cleaning their room when yours, or the rest of the house, is lacking in the cleanliness department. All kids are far more responsive to what we do rather than what we say and see things as the norm when we maintain it.
- Telling your teenager they need to have their room clean before they leave the house in five minutes is just being unrealistic. Agree on a time with your teenager that they will make the effort to really get in and clean up.
“When it comes to personal space, bedrooms are a kid’s first real step into the world of their own domain. It’s meant to be theirs, so why do they have to keep it tidy if they don’t want to?”