YOU made the mess, now YOU can clean it up! Am I being mean with this or am I wrong with this 'rule'? My mother seems to think that I'm "just being mean" and "why can't you just clean it yourself" instead of making my almost 7 year old clean up his own damn messes. It's not like I'm whooping him for making the mess, I just expect him to clean it up! You spill water? Clean it up! Of course if glass breaks he knows to stand still and I will come clean it so he doesn't get hurt. If you drop your plate and food goes all over the place, CLEAN IT UP! Why is this such a hard concept and why on earth does this make me 'mean'? Ugh. I don't yell or throw a hissy when he makes a mess. I don't throw things or call him a dumbass, like what they did to me when I was little, I just say 'its ok just clean it'. I don't get it!