I also expect my people to clean up after themselves. If they are at the age where they can do it, I expect them too. Many hands make for light work. Thats what I always say. And I'm all about light work. Sometimes I have to remind them all of this. So at lunch time today, when I realized there were still breakfast dishes on the dining room table, I politely asked them to stop what they were doing and put away their dishes. Then I went on about my business. An hour or so later I noticed there was still a half a juice glass sitting on the table and I asked them not so politely to please put away their breakfast glass, not knowing which of the 3 left it. Later, when I noticed that glass was STILL sitting on the dining room table, I got ticked. I called them all 3 in and we stood around the table and I said "WHOSE GLASS IS THIS?????". I heard 3 "not mine"'s. Well it has to be someone's I said sarcastically. Neely then says, "Mooooom, thats where YOU were sitting. Thats YOUR glass".
I stood there and thought for a minute......whoopsie....that was my glass. Insert apology to my children.