I'm not sure what started it but they are willing to work for pennies.
"Mom, can we fold clothes for a penny?"
"Um...sure! I might even give you two pennies if you do a good job."
It's probably bad of me to take advantage of their lack of knowledge regarding the actual value of coins. It's just hard not to smile and offer two pennies instead of one quarter, you know?
Trust me when I say that they just lose whatever I give them anyway, so it really doesn't matter.
The other day, Jake asked if he and Zoey could clean the bathroom for a penny. The main bathroom is dubbed, 'the kids' bathroom' because no one else wants to use it. It's gross. No matter how often it gets cleaned, it's trashed within an hour.
I do not fully understand how that is possible, but it happens. It's still a mystery how toothpaste gobs can get e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e., toilet paper on the floor, etc. GROSS.
Happily, I agreed to 'let' them clean it. I figured anything is better than nothing.
Surprisingly, they did a really nice job. They even cleaned the toothpaste gobs out of the sink. Who knew that 5 year old were capable of this?
The next morning, Jake walked into the bathroom after the teenager had used it. With a dramatic sigh, and hands outstretched, he exclaimed, "NOT AGAIN! I jus cleaned dis! Who made dis mess in here? I bet Taydor did dis!"
I totally cracked up. And I might have even muttered under my breath, "Welcome to my world, Jake, welcome to my world.