I tidied up prior to a play date at my house this morning. I was more worried about having the house clean for the play date than I did for my own family, which when you think about it, is bizarre. My family is the one that is in the home more than anyone so why shouldn't it be the cleanest for them? On second thought, I realized this is most definitely a learned behavior passed down by my Mom. When we were growing up she was classic for cleaning prior to the painter or plumber coming over. Keep in mind, our home was always clean but there was extra special cleaning done before any worker entered our home.
Most of us put on a certain pretense for people outside our immediate family. Example: Make-up on prior to doing any errands outside the home etc. I’m not necessarily suggesting we change these habits; we should put our best feet forward as much as possible. At the same time we should examine whether our families are getting equal treatment; the best of us. What do you think?