Let me count the ways, dear Mother...
1. Say "Sure Mom!" Then proceed to forget the assigned task, with the most pleasant attitude possible.
2. Roll my eyes, and go to sleep. Never to mention the task again.
3. Argue until someone bigger and stronger steps in and puts his foot firmly down.
4. Accomplish one small part of the task, then tell thee it is completed. Repeat ad nauseum.
5. Giggle and play cheerfully, never having any idea that a task was assigned.
6. Try to negotiate a contract which results in payment for said task.
7. Yell "NO!" and wait to be put in time out.
I'll let you decide which behavior belongs with which child. They all result in a whole lot of extra work for Mother Dear!
My inspiration for this record of my days:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen