I wont be needing househelp for a long time now. Why? Look at the photos.
The kids have been a great help. They volunteer for household chores with glee. The photos show IC dragging the vaccuum around the kitchen, trying her very best to get all the dust and dirt on the floor. While MC tries her hand in cutting the tomatoes, bell peppers, etc - ingredients for our big dinner that night.
When a friend came for a visit the past week, MC offered the use of her room and she was the only one who cleaned, tidied her toys and prepared her bed for our guest. IC volunteered to clean the living room and she vaccuumed, too! And for the past months, IC and MC's been making their bed all alone; even our bed, without us asking them to do it!
Well, with the kids helping -- it could mean longer time to clean and longer time to cook but no problem as long you are already budgeted your time so that dinner would be cooked and the house is clean when the guests came.
I just wish that they would continue doing this as they grow older. Or is this wishful thinking :)