My kids can parse a sentence better than Bill Clinton! I asked them to pick up laundry on the floor. "What -is- laundry?" they reply. I finally end up with this definition--anything made of cloth that is on the floor that is not supposed to be on the floor. "OK,OK!" they snarl. I hear them arguing from the next room. Dare I open the door and see what they have done?
Well, at least the laundry is off the floor--some of it is now stuffed in a suitcase on a chair. "Take the clothes out of the suitcase!" "Did you tell us to?" "I'm telling you now!" "OK" (imaging this word to be three syllables--Oh KAY ay in an irritated tone).
We all know making kids do something is harder than doing it yourself--they plan it that way!