Have you ever looked under your teen’s bed?
I’ll admit right up front that under her bed and in her closet are two places I generally try to avoid. You see, we have reached an agreement, a compromise. It is a simple solution to the problem:
- I don’t like to see the mess
- She doesn’t like to put things away.
So, the compromise is based on the old expression, “Out of sight, Out of mind.”
Here is how it works: As long as her room looks clean AND she can find the things she needs, I won’t look under the bed or in the closet (well, I might look, but she won’t be in trouble for the mess.)
I even purchased a duvet (blanket) two sizes larger than what is needed for her bed. Now, if the bed is made up properly it hangs down to the floor and “hides” what is underneath.
All she has to do is make the bed and close the closet door and she is pretty much set.
However, today she couldn’t find her creative writing book (remember, we are a homeschool family). She insisted we had it. After a bit of teen rebellion it was located under her bed.
Right next to the door of a microwave oven.
Yes, you read that correctly – it was a microwave oven door.
And if that is not odd enough, we don’t even have a microwave. Never have owned one since we lived in New Zealand.
Now I know I have violated the “rules” by questioning it, but I just couldn’t let this one go. And good thing too, or I never would have understood what the microwave door was doing there:
Me: “Why is there a microwave oven door under your bed?”
Teen: “I don’t know.”
Me: “Really, what is it doing there and where did it come from?”
Teen: “It’s mine.”
If that’s not enough, my younger daughter told me yesterday (after she was in a bit of trouble from a hurtful comment she made): “I’m sorry mummy, You don’t deserve this kind of treatment.”
I turned to hubby and quietly whispered, “Yes, I do. What goes around, comes around, I was a bit of an obnoxious teen.” So, I guess it’s time, once again to say, “Sorry Dad.”
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