Ok so for those who have overly messy/dirty houses I want to enlighten you as to how it can effect your children. I am coming from experience. As far back as I can remember my mother never kept up with our house. It was cluttered and filthy all the time. I don't remember really caring until about the 6th grade. I was mortified if ANYBODY saw our house. I would never have friends over or sleepovers. It wasn't until sophomore year in high school I allowed my best friend to come over. She already knew how I felt about it. Anytime I went to anybodies clean house I would be jealous. My mom never seemed to care much about it either. She wouldn't think twice about having people over and I hated it. There are 4 kids in my family and so far only my oldest sister takes after my mom. Her house is a disgusting mess. Myself and younger sibling have learned from it and have clean homes. My youngest brother is still in college so we will see. To this day at over 30 years old I am still embarrassed about her house. My in-laws have never even been there. So please.....for your kids...keep a clean house. It can effect them more then you think.
Just to clarify....I am NOT talking about keeping your house perfect. There is a difference between messy and dirty. I am talking about dirty unwashed floors, bathrooms and counters. Loads of clutter in places it doesn't belong, laundry everywhere and just gross. Some toys on the floor and a few dishes in the sink is not what I mean.