Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Be a Good (Teen-aged boy) Houseguest

My almost 14-year old is going to be spending next week staying with another family on the coast of SC while he goes to sailing camp there. In anticipation, I've been after him to break a few bad habits -- like leaving dirty clothes on the bathroom floor and wet towels on the bedroom floor -- for a couple of months. Today I decided to make a list of those and other things to remember:


1. EYE CONTACT AT ALL TIMES

2. CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF:

DON’T LEAVE CLOTHES OR TOWELS IN THE FLOOR

CLEAR YOUR PLATE, PUT IT IN THE DISHWASHER & OFFER TO LOAD ANYTHING ELSE

DON’T LEAVE TOOTHPASTE IN THE SINK

DON’T EAT ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE KITCHEN

KEEP YOUR BELONGINGS TOGETHER & TIDY

MAKE YOUR BED

LEAVE NO TRACE – CANS, CANDY WRAPPERS, ETC.

3. OFFER TO HELP AROUND THE HOUSE – SET TABLE, TAKE OUT GARBAGE, ETC.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN LUNCH

5. PLAY WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS, BE A PEACEMAKER

6. THANK THE PARENTS FOR MEALS, RIDES, ETC.

7. ENTERTAIN YOURSELF

8. SET YOUR ALARM & GET YOURSELF OUT OF BED

9. LIMIT SHOWERS TO 15 MINUTES – SET A TIMER IF YOU NEED

10. STAY OFF THEIR COMPUTERS

11. IF YOU CLOG THE TOILET, TURN OFF THE WATER & TELL THE PARENTS

12. IF ASKED FOR AN OPINION, GIVE ONE BUT BE REASONABLE

13. TRY TO SEE IF THEY DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY (LIKE SQUEEGING THE SHOWER) & DO IT

14. GIVE THE FAMILY SOME SPACE

15. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING WHEN YOU LEAVE – DOP KIT, MEDS, CHARGERS

1 comment:

Noah said...

I love this list and plan on borrowing it!! I love the "look people in the eye" part. I am working on instilling that in Noah now, but it's hard with a shy 6 year old! Great list!!!