However, they are not the most helpful children around.
Cayla used to be. But around the time she officially became a teenager, her attitude changed. She didn't become surly, exactly, but started giving out these "put-upon" vibes.
Now, this may be legitimate, as I had relied on her helpfulness quite a bit, especially since her sister is the type to simply ignore commands, suggestions and orders.
Now, they've both got it.
Before I left for work yesterday, I asked for a few simple tasks to be done:
- Empty the dishwasher.
- Fill the dishwasher (and start it, although I didn't actually say that).
- Do one load of laundry for me.
- Take out the garbage (from four wastebaskets).
Well, when I got home from work, I emptied the dishwasher, filled it and started it. I put a couple more items of clothing in my hamper, to wash in the morning. I gathered the garbage to take out in the morning.
So, all my tasks are nearly complete - it's just that I am the one doing them.
Color me unhappy Mom.