I don't want to jinx myself, but I may have reached the stage where the small dictators with whom I live might actually be able to pull some weight around here!
We have some company this weekend and the state of the house had reached panic levels of disaster. We made a plan at breakfast and I sketched out a to do list the the pre-reading set could decipher.
By nap time, we had the majority of items done. The biggest boy cleaned the big boy room, the entryway, vacuumed some, and did dishes. Legit help! The middle brother helped me sort laundry and distracted the baby enough that I was able to clean the bathrooms.
At 3:00, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I was able to get most of the house cleaned, and I did it with three small kids in tow. Then I realized that although one kid did his best to sabotage our work, the big kids really did help! I'm sure it's too soon to expect lots of help, but it's nice to know they can do things that actually contribute and that I won't have to redo.