Well, I got in and the house was a tip. Regular readers will know that I rarely post photos of my home, and if I do, they show craftily teeny tiny corners that are easily tidy-able! Why....? Well, because I don't have a perfect, showroom home. I have a beaten up, scruffy at the corners, lived in (read 'very lived in') family home. Usually I live quite happily with it, but occasionally it drags me down and I turn into Monster Mum.
Just now I turned into Monster Mum, having discovered that one of my littleones... not little enough to not know any better, mind... had merrily been using make up ON THE LIVING ROOM CARPET and there were traces of make up over a 2 ft square patch of carpet. Now, said carpet isn't new, but it's not too old - maybe 5 years. I've been scrubbing at it for 15 minutes but I don't think the stains will shift. :(
So I shouted a little bit, and had everyone running around tidying and dusting (is it just me, or do you only notice how much dust there really is when and if you actually dust?!... pick up a duster and you're committed for the next hour... I even dusted the ridges on the doors!).
Anyway, I've now finally sat down, and am not moving for another 30 mins at least, and all is once again calm.
I'm probably not alone, but it does feel like other people manage to get their children to tidy far better than I can dream of. Does anyone get what I mean?