I Don't Let My Kids Clean Up After Themselves!
I know, I know, it'd probably be good for my kids to learn some responsibility and contribute to the household and all, but I'm way too much of a neat freak to let them.
A few weeks ago, my daughter wanted to help me put away her laundry. She was sooo proud of herself as she stuffed t-shirts and sweats and mismatched socks into her drawer—I didn't have the heart to tell her that her "helping" was really messing with my perfectly organized, shirts-on-top, pants-on-bottom system. I had to sneak back in there while she was watching Pinky Dinky Doo to fix everything.
And don't get me started on toys. Of course they should be putting them away, but if they did, I'd end up with Legos mixed with building blocks mixed with the princess tea set. It'd be a nightmare to sort out. I might as well do it right the first time and be done with it.
Sometimes I worry that my neat freakishness is making it so my kids will never learn responsibility. I start to feel guilty and so I do something crazy like, say, let my daughter help with the laundry. And then I realize that I'm just not cut out for that. My kids can learn responsibility some other way, but at my house, I'm putting away the toys.