My husband and youngest child are very sloppy. I can't change or correct my husband, and my child just says "okay" or "sorry" when I say that she is messing up my house. Trying to make her clean up is like trying to get my husband to stop taking off his dirty socks in little balls and throwing them in the laundry that way! I have to follow her around, saying "now, pick up that dirty fork", "now, pick up your pants", "now, pick up all those little pieces of paper that you cut up", etc, etc, etc.! She is almost 12 years old!!!
We live on a dirt road on a windy hill in a very poorly insulated home, and I can watch the sand blow in from the road into my bedroom window. (But we mustn't close the window because then my husband will be hot in there! It's only dirt!)
I refuse to be the family slave, or the constantly nagging housewife, so I must live in their mess.
I long to live in a clean home, but that would mean living alone....