One variation of the same conversation I have had many times with my kids...
"Mom...you had us so you could have free slave labor didn't you?"
"No, because if I didn't have you guys around, the house wouldn't be a wreck, there would be very little laundry and the dishes wouldn't be piled up in the sink. So although I appreciate the free labor...you are the reason I need it."
If you want good child labor you need to start them young...
Really, really young...
Notice big sister supervising...he hates that!
Sweet Girl takes her sink cleaning very seriously...I thought she might polish the chrome off!
Baby Boy likes to sprinkle the baking soda...ALL over!
She seriously didn't miss a spot...
Don't fall in Baby!
"Wook...my hand cween"
"Mell my hand...mmmm good!"
"Sweet Girl, he is two and you have no idea where that hand has been, seriously girl!"
"Oh mama its ok, he's my brother and I love him"
"I love him too, but you don't catch me smellin' his hands!"
Ever play sink top Twister?
I thought not...
Great job guys...thanks!
In all seriousness people...
How do we expect our children to ever grow up to do for themselves if we do everything for them?
What happened to children having chores and responsibilities?
When my oldest son went off to college all his buddies would come over to his place because he was the only one who knew how to cook or do laundry...what is up with that?
We do our children our children a HUGE disservice if we don't teach them to be self-reliant, industrious, and capable.
Besides it gives them a great feeling of accomplishment and pride knowing they can help...no matter how much they moan and groan in the process!
So yes, I'm all for child labor...it does a wee one good!
Now go find your kids something productive to do!
Hmmm, wonder if Sweet Girl is old enough to shovel camel poo???