Hi guys. It's 10pm right now, and I thought I would write about some house rules we follow. I was thinking about them today as I was preparing dinner and thought I would share...
Ever since the girls were little (small enough to walk and understand me), I implemented these rules:
1. Take off shoes. No shoes are allowed to be worn in the home.
2. Wash hands as soon as you get inside the house and after using the restroom.
4. No gossip
Here's why...walking outside you never really know what you're stepping on. I mean so many things happen outside our home that I don't want it brought inside our home. I like to feel comfortable inside my house. I can't feel comfortable if I want to lay on my carpet knowing that someone stepped outside and brought dirt/germs back with them. For instance, I work in a healthcare facility and using the bathroom in there is not pleasant. Sometimes patients (some with dementia) also use guest bathrooms and always there is urine on the floor. As careful as I am when I walk, I just never really know what I might actually step in and just don't want to risk it. Call me crazy but I'd rather be safe then sorry.
Two, washing hands as soon as we're home. I've taught the girls to do this as soon as they learned how to walk. I can tell you this, they rarely get sick and never had an ear infection. Maybe an ear infection has nothing to do with hand washing (and more so with breast feeding) but I can tell you that I feel a lot more comfortable knowing that the inside of my house is touched by clean hands. Again, working in the healthcare industry only validates why the girls and I always wash our hands coming home. I see some patients stick their hands in their briefs and then touch a doorknob. I do not want the residue on that doorknob in my house.
Recycling, I have also taught this to the girls since they were babies. However, as they have gotten older and recycling is becoming more popular, we are now composting too. When the girls were younger, we used to just recycle cardboard and aluminum. Now we recycle everything, like plastic and paper. It minimizes our waste and it makes us feel good about caring for the planet. Even if small, it makes a great impact. At least, I'd like to think so.
And last but not least, no gossip. I learned my lesson about gossiping the hard way. In junior high, I used to gossip a lot. And all it brought me was trouble. I hated the drama that was associated with gossip. When I was younger, I got into a lot of fights because of it. I didn't want my girls to go through the same thing I went through when it could be easily eliminated. Plus, gossip is nothing but poison, and I wanted to teach my girls a healthier way of living. So as they got older, I tried my best to teach them not to gossip about their friends at school nor at home. And so far so good. Like taking off our shoes and washing our hands, we try to keep dirt out and this includes gossip.
Last night, my daughter was talking about her dad's side of the family. And can I tell you not a single negative thing came out of her mouth. It was so refreshing to hear her talk about all the things she enjoyed about them and this also applies to when she talks about her friends. Sometimes when I start talking negative about something my daughters seem to automatically redirect me into seeing the brighter side of things. I don't even notice what they're doing until the end of the conversation. But it's really nice to have positive conversations. Like I said gossip is such poison whether it's about a friend, relative, someone you don't know, or even a celebrity. Why waste energy on something poisonous? Pretty soon too much of that poison will start affecting your well-being and just chip away at your healthy thought process. Point is don't talk shit about people, it's not nice and it really only affects your way of living. You want poison? Poison you shall attract. Just don't complain when you start feeling the negative side effects. Because in all actuality, you asked for it. Your words are your world and your world is what you create.
Okay guys, I think I'm gonna call it a night. Thanks for stopping by =)
A little about me...
I'm learning how to look at everything with love, even if it seems impossible, like rush hour traffic. I want to share my journey of self-love so that others may want to emulate and pass it on into the universe. Ohh...and sometimes people call me Suzie.