Upon further reflection, I am remembering several occasions over the past several months when Cole has found me cleaning something arbitrary (Reuben's closet, the clothes pile in my room)and has asked, "Do you think I should pay you for that, Mom?"
(Don't worry. I always say "no".)
Do they really think I am this household's working slave? Or is it just that I do housework so infrequently, that they think they better provide immediate incentive, to "encourage" me to keep going?