Mama Diaries

Monday, April 4, 2016

Question of the Month and Messy Room



It's time for Question of the Month hosted by Michael D'Agostino. Today's question is right in line with the A-Z challenge that's going on. (Sorry I'm not participating. There's just too much going on in my life and I don't have time to do it.) The question is, "What is your favorite thing that begins with the letter, C?"


Well, that's easy. Chocolate!


Now for the story:


My daughter is a typical teenager, and her room reflects this. I can't tell you how much stuff she has. That stuff usually ends up all over her floor. I finally decided I wasn't going to pick up after her any more. She's a big girl, so she can clean her own abode.


Two days ago, she came downstairs in the morning, looking like she had been through a war. "Mom, I'm sore," she announced.


I raised my eyebrows. "Rough night?"


"Yeah. I had to sleep on the floor. There was too much stuff on my bed."


I chuckled. "What are you going to do about it?"


She shrugged. "Clean my room?"


Good idea. So now, ladies and gentlemen, my daughter has a very clean room, and last night she was able to sleep in her bed. Let's see how long that lasts! 

55 comments:

  1. Wow!.. I hope it lasts.. if she slept well enough :)
    well done to her
    Yes that was an easy question of the month for you.. Chocolate - me too!

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    1. I bet chocolate is the answer a lot of people would give!

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  2. lol wow that had to be messy if she couldn't sleep in her bed

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  3. Oh, you bring back memories of crazy, chaos and cherished moments~ Thank you, Sherry and Michael~

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  4. I've always believed in natural consequences as the best teacher. You've supported my belief. Of course, the room will go back to messy, but a some point maybe not quite so. Good luck. I always treated my son's room like an archeological dig that I preferred to leave unexcavated.

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    1. Haha! That's a good way of putting it.

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    1. I hope she can keep it clean! It's so much better that way!

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  6. Hi, dear Sherry!

    My favorite C word is cuckoo. :)

    Mrs. Shady's teenage daughter was exactly the same as yours. Her room looked like a tornado had ripped through it. The bed was never made and the floor was an obstacle course. A solution was finally found. The girl enrolled in college and moved into a dorm! :)

    Happy Monday, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Ah, yes. College dorms fix everything. ;-)

      Enjoy your week, Shady!

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  7. I did that as a kid! I used to pile stuff on my bed and just leave myself a sliver of sleeping room. So silly in retrospect.

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    1. I just don't understand. Kids have all this time to do technology, but no time to clean their rooms.

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  8. Chocolate...yeah, that'll do it.
    Chocolate.....

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  9. Chocolate...yeah, that'll do it.
    Chocolate.....

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  10. This did make me laugh Sherry. What is it with teenage girls and messy rooms. Is there a gravitaional pull that kicks into action? My daughter's room was exactly the same when she lived at home. I made a huge HAZARD poster and stuck it to the outside of her door. She was not amused. I'd like to say it worked but it didn't :)

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    1. Haha! I like the HAZARD poster idea. I don't think it would work well for my kids, either.

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  11. Great story Sherry, my dughter when she was living at home had her room with pictures of George Michael everywhere,.....That's girls.
    Yvonne.

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    1. George Michael. I remember when he was the big deal. My daughter isn't really into boy rock stars. She liked One Direction for a while, but I think she has outgrown that phase.

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  12. Hope she starts a new trend, Sherry. :) She'll remember how uncomfortable it is to be sore and she'll appreciate her bed.

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    1. We'll see. She had a sleepover with one of her friends last night. I'm almost afraid to see the condition of her room now.

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  13. mine would probably be Chris Evans :)

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  14. I so like your C selection. :) Good lesson learned with your daughter cleaning her room.

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    1. I really hope her room stays clean for more than a week!

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  15. LOL! That's one way to learn the value of a clean bed. ;)

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  16. Oh no, this is all too familiar. Mine don't seem to mind sleeping in the mess!

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    1. Some kids don't care. My daughter didn't like her sore back, so she might be apt to make sure at least that her bed is clear.

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  17. I'm surprised she actually did it. You must be doing something right in the parenting department! :)

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    1. Either that, or the pain in her back was very motivating. ;-)

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  18. I forgot chocolate was a C word!

    I think the best lessons are learned the hardest. She'll probably make sure can get to her bed, at least, from now on.

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  19. Sherry, if this works... or anything works let me know... I am so frustrated with Valentina's room... mainly because her clutter ends up all over the rest of the house. (apt)... frankly if I had my choice I would get rid of 80% of all our stuff... xox

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    1. Teens sure do collect a lot of stuff. So far, at least, her bed has been clear. That's progress.

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  20. I kind of get it, for a while my desk just acted as a resting place for things for which I could find a place :P

    A Life Examined

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    1. It's funny how desks do that. My son's desk is the same way.

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  21. If only I've a daughter to fuss over. I would get her a hello kitty room. Hahaha!

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    1. It's fun to see the phases little girls go through. Mine was in the princess phase for a long time. Then it was Hannah Montana. Now she's basically Bohemian Chic.

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  22. Chocolate, cookies, and cake! Yay for C words! :) I do hope she at least keeps her bed clean. Hehehe! A few months ago, my son decided he had to sleep on his floor because he put so many of his stuffed animals on his bed and he didn't want to move them and ruin their sleep!

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    1. That is so funny! My daughter used to sleep with about fifty stuffed animal - and they all had to be in a certain order. It was crazy!

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  23. Hah! Sometimes you just have to let them learn, eh?

    Crystal Collier

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    1. Sometimes experience is the best teacher.

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  24. Glad your daughter came up with her own reason to clean her room!

    I love chocolate too. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Her room is still clean. I have to say, I'm impressed!

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  25. Pro tip: pile clutter high enough, and you can make your own bed.

    (Don't pass that along to your daughter)

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    1. Haha! I'm not passing that along. I'm rather pleased that her room has been clean for more than a week!

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  26. I used to sleep on the floor during my middle school years because of a messy bed. My favorite c word is cake.

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    1. You and my daughter sound a lot alike in that respect. Cake is a very good C word!

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  27. Maybe I need to try that foreign sounding thing. What was it? Clean my room?

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    1. Do you have dust bunnies piled up everywhere? ;-)

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