We are starting our morning work after breakfast. I tell one of the teenage sons (I'll leave his name off to protect his identity) to do get started on his zone.
And then, I say these words,
"And you might want to vacuum in there. The carpet is looking pretty rough."
And then I walk away to do my morning work.
Later in the morning:
"Son, why didn't you vacuum?"
"You said, you might want to, and I didn't want to."
And lesson learned-when talking to boys, spell it out for them.
They are not inept as many would believe.
They are smart-too smart.
And he was smart enough to interpret the mommy-look I gave him and immediately got the vacuum cleaner out and got to work.