I do run a tight ship around here. I have a list of rules I've set forth and I expect for them to be followed. I don't think that's unreasonable. When the kids get home from school, they are supposed to put away their backpacks, lunch boxes, and any outerwear. This never gets done without my nagging. Never. So yesterday, I picked up all their backpacks and coats and put them in a box in the garage. No one noticed. When it came time for school this morning, I heard, "Hey mom, do you know where my backpack is?"
Another rule of mine is that my children are supposed to keep their rooms clean and do one chore a day. The chore varies, depending on what needs done around the house. They actually do a pretty descent job with their chores. But when it comes to their bedrooms....oh my! Last night, I got so sick of how messy the boys' room was. When I told #1 to clean up his things, he said everything in the room belonged to #2. When I asked #2 if he cleaned up his room, he said everything left belonged to #1. So, I did what any