Why? Because I said so.... haha.
I've always given the kids chores. Chores are good. They help even the load and they help teach the kids to care for their own space.
Today, the kids came to me and said, "Mom, we don't like our chores."
"That's too bad," I replied. I guess they predicted my next sentence, because they interrupted it.
"We don't want to stop doing it!" they said. "We just want to trade. We want to switch who loads and who empties the dishwasher." Then they proceeded to give me reasons - real reasons! - why they thought that it would work out better for everyone to make the switch.
I agreed, and the kids let out a big "Yes!" followed by a high-five.
...Now if only they could take that work ethic up to their bedrooms. :)