Disagreeing Agreeably Kids to Adults

One of the most important thinks being raised in a family is learning how to disagree agreeably.  This is honestly one of the most important things you can learn as a human.  Not learning this, however, can make things long and hard for you down the line.

I wasn't allowed to disagree growing up.  With my mother...maybe.  But on certain things.  Like...clothes or stuff like that.  She allowed me to have choices and I clung to the ability to have choices growing up.  With my father however?  No choices.  Do as he said ONLY.

I was watching a child I love recently being asked to make a decision about something.  The child deliberated and changed their mind twice.  The end result was that once the decision was made...the child was made to stick to that decision.  I marveled at that.  I loved that the child was being raised knowing that their opinions and what they want...are important.

SO.HOT.

I've seen this happen with other kids too and the kids took it too far.  And their parents let them.  They went on and on and on until the parent snapped and took the decision away from them because the kid was being indecisive.

That made me wonder.  Hmmmmmmmmm...

What's your take on allowing kids to make their own decisions?  On disagreeing with you?  How do you make sure to guide them in a way that doesn't strip them of their independent thought?  How to you allow them the opportunity to disagree with you albeit respectfully.

Are you raising children that can disagree agreeably?  Who will go on to be adults who can disagree agreeably?

Were YOU allowed to disagree with your parents?  

How to Deep Clean an Area Rug!

I needed to deep clean the area rugs on the main level and didn't want to pay someone a few hundred dollars to do it.  I scoured the internet to see what other people did and then figured out how to do it on my own.  

GO ME!  It's easy enough to do...just time consuming!

Before I headed out to rent a powerwasher (I rented an electric one because I didn't want to deal with gas.) from Home Depot ($35 per day), I vacuumed the rugs and sprinkled them with baking soda letting them sit for a couple of hours.

One thing I learned was that everyone had their own version of solution to use.  Because of Jaru, I wanted to use a stain buster and a deodorizer in my solution so I seriously just mixed stuff up to include Oxy Clean, vinegar, LA Awesome, and Dr. Bronner's peppermint liquid soap (finally finished using that bottle up after realizing I couldn't used it for bubble bath after that tragic disaster...LOL!:  "Like Mother...NOT Like Daughter."). 

Make sure you do this on a day when you are going to get a couple of follow up days without rain.  I did this on Friday and the rugs weren't completely dry until Sunday.

It should be noted that the rugs I was cleaning were 100% wool pile so they weren't super expensive rugs.  If I had super expensive rugs I would definitely let a professional do them.  It should also be noted that I didn't have a problem with replacing these rugs if I screwed them up so I scrubbed them down something serious.  I would test an area first with your cleaning solution to make sure it didn't discolor a rug you wanted to make sure you didn't ruin.  

I made a quick video showing the process and I'm happy to say my rugs came out wonderfully clean and clean smelling!  GO ME!  Check me out getting my rug scrub on!

Question:  How do you deep clean YOUR rugs?  What solution do you use?  Do you make your own, or do you buy one?

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