youngest: "I'm leaving my mess for the maid today." *of course she is*
son: "We don't have a maid - clean-up your own stuff."
youngest: "Yes we do. Momma is our maid it's her job."
son: "Nu-huh. Mom's job is not to clean-up after you all the time. Put your bowl in the sink." *bestill my beating heart - a young knight (I should pay that kid more)*
youngest: "Uh-huh mom's jobs are to clean-up she can do it"
son, in a patient but 'I'm at the end of my rope' tone: "No - mom's job is to be a mom and take care of us."
youngest, triumphantly in increasing volume: "Uh-huh, so she can cween my messes!"
son: "Do it yourself!" *At this point Mom reenters the scene, before chaos can ensue.
I help youngest to clean her mess, and we proceed with our morning. At least I know where I stand - right? I may not be the maid, but I am definitely the general of the housework army! Oh-well, here's to hoping while I am at work (doing professional day stuff) Dad will lead the army to completing the weekend chores!