The way your teen keeps their room can be so hard to leave alone. A mom was saying the other day how every time she walks by her teen's room, the urge takes over to look inside and as soon as she sees the dirty plates, laundry on the floor, and chip crumbs, her orderly instincts kick in and away she goes cleaning her teen's room.
Can you relate to "I've asked them 10 times already", "it'll be faster (and better) if I do it myself", and "it just drives me crazy" when it comes to the way your teen keeps their space?
Whether it's their room, their gaming area, or a space in the home, learning how to organize, clean, and manage their space is an important part of teen development.
Ok disclosure (and sorry Mom because I know you hate bugs!!) - when I was a teen I had a hamster, and I kept his food in my dresser drawer. The food was in a bag. Well, sorta kinda in the bag, and kind of in my drawer... and kinda on the floor.
I had been told by my parents that leaving food around would attract bugs, but wasn't bothered to clean the hamster food trail I left behind. One day, I went to feed my hamster and his seeds appeared to be moving. Yeah, maggot city 🐛🐛🐛 in my drawers! It was such a gross natural consequence that it got me to keep it clean and sealed up forevermore.
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Chantal Côté is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta and the owner of Pyramid Psychology. Pyramid Psychology mission is to help teen girls build Bulletproof Mindsets. Youth are full of greatness and uniqueness and it is a gift to have them share this with the world. Pyramid Psychology supports teens (and parents) that are struggling with anxious and overwhelmed thoughts and feelings. Meeting in person in Southeast Calgary, on-line for those living anywhere in Alberta, and outdoors for walk and talk sessions, Chantal uses a trauma informed lens and invites people to try thought based, mindfulness, and expressive practices to manage and weather the storms of life.