Playing House

 











An overheard scene:
Lily: Come on Chloe, time to take a shower.
Chloe: Okay mommy (gets into the closet and makes shwish noises)
Lily: All done, come get dressed now.
Chloe: Okay mommy.
Lily: You look pretty.  Now it's time to eat, let's go to the kitchen.
Chloe: Okay mommy.

While trotting by me in the hall, Lily announces, "We're playing house."  Obviously.  Yet I wonder.  If playing at being mommy and child is a reflection of their reality, why are they so much more obedient to "mommy" than they are to Mommy?  If I ever asked any of the kids to do something and had an instant response of "okay Mommy" followed by prompt action, I would think I was being punk'd!!  Maybe tomorrow morning I'll get up and tell the kids, "today we're playing house, I'll be the Mommy and you be the kids - now let's eat breakfast and get dressed."  Think I'll get an "okay Mommy," from any of them?  
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