Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Southwestern Pennsylvania
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Yes, it's a teen thing.
Over and over and over again I've asked my daughter to check her pockets before throwing dirty clothes in the laundry. And over and over and over again she doesn't do it. Nine times out of ten I check everything before I throw it into the washer, but every once in a while things sneak in. I've always just cleaned up the mess and asked her to do better, but it doesn't really seem to be helping. I've made the rule that anything I find in the laundry is automatically mine - including money, "love" notes, pens, etc.
I just went to throw stuff from the washer to the dryer and I found a chapstick and a lipgloss at the bottom of the machine, and about eight pieces of gum stuck to the sides. Would it be out of line for me to ask her to scrape it off? It wouldn't be hard, it would come right off with a little finger-nail action. I'm not angry about it, and won't be angry when she gets home, I'm just frustrated....