Dancer and I were having a little chat/pep talk last night and some how this story came to mind.
When Dancer was about three years old she was suppose to pick up toys or some other little task. Apparently, she thought that she was way over worked and way under paid because she came out of her bedroom, stood before Dad and I who were sitting in the living room, and with her hands on her hips loudly declared that we only had her so that she would be the maid. I remember Dad and I laughing, which turned into laughing at her and not with her, because I remember her getting even madder. She could pitch quite the fit back then.
Talking with her now she was laughing, it just took a few years for her to join us on how funny that was. I told her to think of three year olds she knows now and how they can't even reach the sink or run a vacuum decently. Certainly not maid material.
Move ahead ten years and it still would have been way cheaper, and much easier, to hire a maid compared to raising our own. I think she got the message that her chores are to teach her how to run her own house someday and be responsible. Even with all the chores my kids "think" they do, I could still use a maid. For the record, everything usually expected of them can easily be done in less than 20 minutes a day.