It’s strange isn’t it that if I ask the boys:
“Could you help lay the table please?”... The usual replies include:
“Can you please empty the dishwasher?”
“Would you just come here for one moment?”
“Yeah, OK!” but no child appears;HOWEVER, if Simon happens to say, “Would you like to have a go on the digger?” then they scream “Yes please!” and arrive in a millisecond!
“In a minute” (which is a minute in their time that in no way matches a true minute and is totally unrelated to the 2 minutes they are supposed to brush their teeth for.)
And “Do I have to?” said in a very drawn out tone known so well to parents with children of a certain age.