Cottage Charm Part 9 - Treat Others Homes As You Want Your's Treated

This can be a hard one because it seems many children today don't treat their own homes with respect, so why should it be any different elsewhere. My adopted grandpa used to love to have children come to visit  him, but unfortunately the joy faded away as the sweet children got there and proceeded to tear the house apart. They would break lamps, electronics, books and furniture. It was like the locusts descending on a well tended crops and leaving chaos in its wake.

I remember helping him clean up the messes and not understanding why they thought it was ok to climb all over furnishings, run in the house and cause general mayhem. 

 Lets begin that someones home is not a playground. We do not run, climb, or scream in it but treat it with respect. If things are old or new, shabby or fine makes no difference. We never speak with outside voices like we would at the playground but talk quietly as you would at the museum, or at church. We walk not run around, because in running we could break the persons things or knock someone down. 

Unless someone gives you permission to, do not touch their electronics or books or other items. We can enjoy beautiful things without touching them, look with our eyes and see beautiful things but do not touch them with your hands. 

Unless told otherwise keep all food items in the kitchen. Never assume it is ok to take food and drinks in the living room or bedrooms of someone else's home. If you do spill something, clean it up quickly to avoid it staining on carpet or furniture. Never play with outdoor toys inside or play rough outside games inside the home. 

How pleased your hosts will be at your great manners and how happy they will be when you come again to visit.


12 comments:

  1. This is definitely one of my pet peeves. I do believe that kids will be kids, but there need to be boundaries. My kids know how to act in other homes, but we have so many kids come to our house and jump on furniture, dump out toys, etc. Just because we have 4 kids doesn't mean it's okay!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! We love children, but well mannered children are just a joy to be around. :)

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  2. I agree, we should teach our children to be respectful guests. :)

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    1. My cousins have raised their little ones to be like that. Were they still children, yes - but they respected the beautiful home of their grandma too. It was so refreshing to see.

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  3. This is very well written. I completely agree with you as I am of younger age. I think we should respect people's property as we should respect the person themselves.

    Mikayla | www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

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  4. Love this! Well written and good points!

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  5. It's horrible. I tell my children all the time after their friends leave that they better not leave their plates on the table after eating, drop their clothes on the floor after changing or speak like that when at someone else's house.

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  6. Good message - good message! I know kids will be kids (I raised two) but I hated when some of my girls' friends would come over and start nosing around and touching and getting into everything - even when they were older - I think that's so rude! Good article!

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  7. This is a huge pet peeve of mine! I guarantee that my children will know how to respect both our home, as well as other people's. My mom's mentality was always "Leave a place cleaner than how you found it".

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  8. Good message - I have always taught my kids the same!!

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  9. My mom had a living room that was just for her guests and she had NO PROBLEM letting anyone know how to behave in that room. It looked just like it was out of an antique magazine. Not a single parent ever got mad at my mom for telling their children how to act.

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  10. So, so true! I feel like a lot of kids aren't taught any manners anymore and it's rather disheartening!

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