We baked biscuits this afternoon. After all the mayhem (involving four, including a friend, pairs of hands trying to mix, roll and cut; a one year-old's delight at discovering hundreds and thousands for the first time; and scrabbling to eat the little bits at the end) I enlisted Sophie and Bethany at separate times to help clean up in the kitchen.
Say I to Sophie, attempting to instill good 'clean-up-as-you-go' habits,
"The cooking's not done until the cleaning up is finished."
Says Sophie, "We're not still cooking, Mum" (as if I hadn't noticed).
Me, "I know. That's a way of helping us remember that it's really important to do the cleaning up and not leave the kitchen in a big mess.'
Sophie, "But Mum, you just do the cleaning up."