Girl #1: *enraged* I AM NOT DOING SOMEONE ELSE'S DISHES!!
Me: It's your choice.
Girl #1: *very dramatically* Ugh! My life is sooo horrible!!!
Me: Yes, apparently it is, as you tell me that every week. (at this point, my patience is pretty much gone)
*as calmly as I can muster* Just get up and go do the dishes.
Girl #1: still whimpering she gets up and stomps off to get her ipod and starts her dishes. And slowly she turns back into my child...slowly her yellow fangs shrink and her purple crazy hair lays back down and the color returns to normal..
Ok, now for Girl #2.
Me: (insert girl #2 here), don't forget it's your dishes day. You need to get started on them before its so late.
Girl #2: *very matter of fact* No it isn't. (this is where she changes from my sweet little girl to the head strong, stubborn crazy purple haired monster)
Me: Yes it is.
Girl #2: *still very matter of fact* Well I am not doing them.
Me: Yes you are, you are 9 years old and its your dishes day.
Girl #2: UGH! I am still not doing them.
repeat the above at least 3 more times
Me: to my husband....Would you please help me with her!!! (at this point I have totally lost all patience and I leave the room)
My husband works his magic or doesn't... He sometimes compromises with her and just has her unload the dishwasher or stand there behind her as she begrudgingly rinses dishes or he just does them himself. (please no judging...we have to pick our battles with this one...)
As I am typing out all the drama we have with our offspring, I am thinking this is just really sad. We need to be reminded everyday that we are so blessed! We have a roof over our head, food on our table, a dishwasher to clean these dirty dishes!, we have each other to enjoy our meals with, and so many more blessing!!!
So here is what I am going to do. Instead of repeating the above over and over again, I am going to post this sign where everyone can see it while they are doing their dishes...including me!