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