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Old 05-22-2007, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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when I was a little girl my mom used to say "I hope you have one just like you!"....I've told my kids (4 of them) about it, and my 2 daughters really take it to heart, we call it "the curse". When one of them gets in that begging, needing mood or just gets emotional (they're 14 &17!) I'll say "do you want me to put that curse on you?!" It immediately lightens the mood....

I've also told them, when they start with the "but" line, "there are no buts in Heaven"...
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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and here's another one which I will use when one of them gets home from school today...

"if it comes to the laundry room still folded I AM NOT washing it!"

why don't ALL the clothes make it to the bureau?
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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and here's another one which I will use when one of them gets home from school today...

"if it comes to the laundry room still folded I AM NOT washing it!"

why don't ALL the clothes make it to the bureau?
I have to used this one on my teenager

"wow josh, how thoughtful of you to fold your clothes before I wash them"
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Old 05-22-2007, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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"fine, you can tell your psychiatrist about it when your're 35, but that's the way we're doing things..." or something to that effect. This is best used for a teen-ager!
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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and here's another one which I will use when one of them gets home from school today...

"if it comes to the laundry room still folded I AM NOT washing it!"

why don't ALL the clothes make it to the bureau?
I am to the point (with my teenager) that I don't bother to say anything anymore. I just keep it folded and put it in his clean pile. If it is that important for him to smell nice and clean he will stop mixing dirty and clean! It is so RUDE they do this!
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:00 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I am to the point (with my teenager) that I don't bother to say anything anymore. I just keep it folded and put it in his clean pile. If it is that important for him to smell nice and clean he will stop mixing dirty and clean! It is so RUDE they do this!
I refuse to wash inside out clothes I put them on their bed again and again until they figure it out
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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When my daughter was 12, I was still doing the laundry every Monday. As she got close to her 13th, there was one Monday I wasn't feeling good at all so I figured Tuesday was soon enough. None of us were out of underwear YET.

Anyway, she came down Tuesday morning asking why I had not done the laundry...told her I had not felt good. She started yelling and getting pissy. I turned on her and told her that SHE could do her on laundry from that point on if it was that important to her...

SIX weeks later, she finally did her laundry. Guess it wasn't as critical as she made it out to be.

She's been doing her own ever since...she's 21 now. Liz
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:37 PM
 
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In trying to help my first year college daughter decide what career path she wanted to follow by trying to get her to examine her likes and dislikes, she said "I don't like kids, I don't like old people, and I don't want to touch anyone!"
She is really a sweetheart though!
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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In my house, the ones you hear the most are:
1. Bleeding or Dying? If not, go work it out.

2. What goes around, comes around.

3. With privileges come responsibilities.

4. Give me the "Who/What's" then I will let you know.
(My kids must fill in who, what, when, where, why, and how" before I will answer their questions of, "Mom, can I go, buy, see, do....etc".)
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:55 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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In my house, the ones you hear the most are:
1. Bleeding or Dying? If not, go work it out.

2. What goes around, comes around.

3. With privileges come responsibilities.

4. Give me the "Who/What's" then I will let you know.
(My kids must fill in who, what, when, where, why, and how" before I will answer their questions of, "Mom, can I go, buy, see, do....etc".
)
yeah that usually works around here but my 15 yr old daughter tells a story longer than the Illiad just to ask if her friend can spend the night

my big problem now is the fact that
for some reason my teenagers can't remember when they were 7
so they think that I baby my 7 yr old

as in
"why doesn't kevin have to fold his clothes or do the dishes?"

I say
"For the same reason he doesn't get to go off for the whole weekend on a camping trip with his friends"
They just don't get it
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