Like I was saying, The Hubs and I have strived to make sure that The Monk grows up to be able to take care of himself, eventually (I'm not pushing him to grow up anytime soon and I could slow time down a bit, I totally would). We want him to have the sense that hard work pays off and that, as part of family, he is also part of a team where we all work together to keep our home neat and tidy. So, (and I totally know that this is going to sound like bragging), our 7 year old knows how to vacuum the floor. He knows how to fold and put away his own laundry. He can chop veggies, make a cake, shovel the sidewalk, rake the leaves, clean a chicken coop, put away dishes, and load a washing machine.
Now, I'm not claiming to be mother of the year and 9 times out of 10 there is a lot of grumbling and complaining while said chores are getting done (minus the raking and the shoveling. He seems to like doing those things all on his own). But, those chores DO get done. And in the long run, I know that he'll be a better man one day because of it. And I'd like to think that it is all because The Hubs and I parent with the end in mind.