Emily was always a neatish child---she kept the surfaces clean and every once in a while she would have a mammoth do-over in her room. Since that entirely mirrors my own approach to housekeeping, I crossed it off of things to watch for in your adult children.
Somewhere along the line, and without my conscious notice, she's upped her game though. She's become a whirlwind of efficiency when she wants to be, and on top of that, and more to my shame-by-comparison, she's a person who makes a neat and appetizing meal without a fuss. Of those three parts, I can only manage one most of the time ("without a fuss" being almost impossible for me). And on top of that, she does it with a 2 and a half year old child of immense creativity and energy.
However, in the shame-by-comparison department, I never did this or anything remotely similar to any of my children:
|Em's alternative day care arrangement|