Betsy has always been a bear of her own mind and lately she's had some moments which could truly top the "blonde" scale. Our evening chores are arranged around "jurisdictions" with each child assigned a part of the house to tidy. Ben and Betsy are responsible for clearing and wiping the dining room table, sweeping the floor and wiping the baby goo off the floor - no small task. The other evening Betsy was working alone in the dining room and I inquired after Ben's whereabouts to which Betsy brightened and announced,
Mom, I made a great deal with Ben!
What's that Bets?
I'm going to do the whole jurisdiction and then give him 5 pennies to build something really cool with my legos!
Ok, Bets...sooooo.... you do all the work while Ben gets paid to play with your legos?
She paused for a long moment and then deflated a bit and said, "Oh."
I thought she had learned her lesson until last evening she was again doing the whole job on her own. When asked about it she said
Well, I made a better deal with Ben this time.
And what's that?
This time I get to watch him build with my legos!