One recent afternoon, as we headed home from school, the girls started trying to bargain for some play time before getting down to homework. I have learned over and over that this does NOT work for our family--we really need to just knock it out, and THEN play. Nevertheless, the girls are always hopeful that they'll catch me in a weak moment. This is how our conversation went:
Abigail: Mom, can we shoot hoops for a while when we get home before we do homework?
Me: No, we need to do homework first, but after that you can shoot hoops.
Mae: Why do we always need to do homework first?
Me: Because it's your responsibility. You're a professional student, and it's your job to do your homework.
Mae: I'm not a professional!
Me: Of course you are...you're a professional student.
Mae: No I'm not. I don't get paid!
Well, she had me there! How can you argue with that logic???