The previous post elicited strong responses, so I thought I should take a second to acknowledge an alternate perspective. Some people, including my mom, prefer the guideline "sofas are for sitting." She feels that it is best to simply teach kids this from the start.
Part of my inspiration for yesterday's post came from reading a story about the impeccable Annette de la Renta. It seems that as a child she rode her horse right into her family's house. (Yes, her horse!) I thought it would be fun to hear some candid opinions from 21st-century moms with active boys and three graciously obliged.
Everyone agrees that children need to learn not to walk on furniture, or eat on sofas, when visiting other people. But when it comes to their own homes, thoughts on what pets and kids can and can't do vary widely.
Two other areas of agreement: old leather and oriental rugs are infinitely child-friendly.
Rug photo from Allan Arthur on Bennett St. in Atlanta.