every time my friend comes over with her two kids, my two go wild and the four of them wind up running throughout the house, and leaving messes in every room. my friend is rather wealthy and has a pair of cleaning ladies come every friday to do housework in their house, including picking up after her two children. i'm pretty sure her kids are not used to cleaning their own messes -- the cleaning ladies do it for them. around here... *i* am the only cleaning lady, and i am pretty strict about making my kids clean up after themselves. i barely have time and energy to keep up with my house as it is.
so... when the entire upstairs gets trashed during a play date like it did today, it makes me feel so tired to have to face it as soon as my friend leaves with her kids. i almost don' t like having them over, but i do like hanging out with the mom. but for an hour of mom time, i trade almost an hour of clean up time, and it doesn't seem so worth it. what would you do?