My oldest daughter, Erin, is a slob. She doesn't put away anything. She drops things on the floor where she is and there they stay.
My daughter, Haley, is the anti-Erin. She will stop what she is doing to go upstairs and put her sneakers away. No one taught her this. I swear. No. Wire. Coat hangers. Involved.
The girls each have their own bedroom. Without me telling which belongs to which girl, you could figure it out from the above statement.
The cleaning lady left my house at 4:00 on Monday. At 8:30 as we tucked the girls in to bed, Erin's room was a disaster. Clothes on the floor, papers all over her desk, stuffed animals and blankets EVERY WHERE. We had not even been home much of the night.
Haley's Room? Pristine.
It is who they are.
As my husband tucked Haley in to bed, he told her, "Don't ever turn into your sister. She's a mess."
To which Haley replied"
"That's because mommy screwed up with her. I won't ever be like that."
So I suppose I have over emphasized the lesson of "Learn from your mistakes" to my children a little too much, ya think?