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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 19

Being tidy isn’t as important as you think

When I first met my wife (at which point she wasn’t my wife, obviously) I can remember being somewhat intimidated by her house. I have this memory of tables with almost nothing on them, clear work surfaces, vast open tracts of flooring with not a speck on them. You could pick up any object in my wife’s house and ask her where it lived, and she could tell you. Yes, everything – and I mean everything – actually had a place where it was supposed to go.

This was a pretty new concept to me, I can tell you. I always belonged to the drop-it-on-the-floor-and-don’t-give-it-a-second-thought school of domestic organisation. I must confess that, when we decided to have children, I privately worried about ...

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