It's nice that two of my kids are of Dishwashing Age, but sometimes it's just easier to do it myself.
Especially when I hear things like this from the child in the kitchen:
"I get an Apple Puff for this."
My answer: "Why? This is your Regularly Scheduled Daily Chore!"
Child in Kitchen: "I know. I just want an Apple Puff....Hey, COOL! If you put a cup upside down in the sink and run water right on it, it looks just like fireworks."
There had better not be more mess in the kitchen after the dishes are done than before they were started.