Teenagers and it all changes

Was I┬ánot strict enough when my child was younger? Have I created a child aloof, who doesn’t care about the things that bother me? Dad doesn’t like seeing dishes with food piled on top of food still in a dish, yuck. How about the spoon covered in sour cream that just gets dropped in the sink, or the spoon used for cat food just gets dropped in the sink. How about food left on a plate in their bedroom. Ugh. “I asked you to clean out the kitty box”. It sure would help dad if you emptied the dish washer for me.” The list goes on and on but they are getting closer and closer to adulthood. I guess this is the person they are becoming. I can nag, nag, nag or give an ultimatum. Suggestions?

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