15“Is Their House Always This Messy?”
I never failed to think to myself what a messy house they lived in. But I never ever vocalized these thoughts to either parent. And now that I am a bit older and about to become a mother myself, I thank the heavens that I never did.
When I was about 14, I can remember going to a neighbour’s home to babysit once or twice a week. They had two kids, a boy and a girl who were 11 years old and 7 years old. Every single time I went into that house, I was always taken
aback by how messy the house was. There was always laundry in the hamper, toys strew up and the father’s at-home office had stacks and stacks of papers covering every inch of the desk space.
You see, when you’re young and not a parent, it’s extremely easy to judge. And when you are a parent, tidying up your home becomes less and less of a priority. To be clear, the home was never dirty. It was simply untidy. But that was enough to evoke the judgement of a 14-year-old who only had to worry about cleaning up her own bedroom.
But be forewarned, your babysitter might be judging you because of the dishes in your sink or the dirty clothes on your kid’s bedroom floor.