Monday, March 25, 2013

Open door policy?

    What is the policy at your house about neighborhood children, friends etc and knocking? I have found myself more than once in the last week, having to remind not only children, but adults as well, that they should knock or ring the doorbell before entering. I find it a practice of common courtesy, not only to knock, but to wait until you have been invited into a house to just barge in. 

    I also have a huge, I mean HUGE pet peeve of people walking in with their shoes on as well.  I live in South Florida, there is sand everywhere! (I really do mean everywhere) I feel like I spend most of my day cleaning the floors, and picking up after children. So when people walk in and don't remove their shoes, I feel like I have just been disrespected. I do make allowances for simple quick drop-bys, I am not going to ask someone that walks in with difficult shoes on to remove them. So with these new, uninvited guests, I am now cleaning my floors after other people, plus picking up after them. 
    For those of you that have followed me for any length of time know, I have four children, and that alone is a full time job in itself. When you add on cleaning, plus child management, it seems like my job never ends, as I am sure almost 100% of moms and dads feel the same way. On top of all of that, I watch 2 children, 5 days a week, for 10 hours each day. So this whole ordeal with people just walking in and traipsing around the house is becoming overwhelming to me and my husband. If you were in our place, how would you tactfully address the situation without hurting someones feelings? 

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