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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]

Okay. I'm confused. How come the fact that I can't keep my kitchen clean means I shouldn't own a house, but I should adopt a child?

Does this make any sense at all?


Housekeeping and kidkeeping are different skill sets for sure. You and I know one of the poorest housekeepers in humanity, and her kid -- who is now an adult pretty much -- is just fine.

I think your M-I-L probably means well, but is just a bit off-base here in her communication skills.

After all, I have seen kids with parents who are great at housekeeping (I have this one cousin and his wife who have a home that is so spotless as to be almost antiseptic; in his mother's home, you could practically eat off the floor), and their kids are totally neurotic, compulsive, and have problems I wouldn't want any kid to have.