My kids are constantly asking us if they can have dessert for dinner or why they cannot use certain "choice" words (which for us are things like "stupid" or "hate").
"When you're 18", we patiently explain over and over, "you can make those decisions for yourself, but we hope that you will do the right thing."
So, last night as I was washing my 6 year old's hair, she said to me "Mommy, I can't wait to be 18. Then I can do what I want!"
"Yes, you can, but what is it that you want to do?"
"Hummm," she replied, and after some thought, she gleefully exclaimed, "I want to wash the dishes!"
Joy to the world! I can make that happen for her before she is 18!