At home Maggie tolerated it (most of the time) but when they were camping, she wanted peace. So being a clever parent who understands the psychology of motivation, she resorted to magic.
After every meal, Maggie washed the dishes and the kids dried – without being asked. In fact, Brent, Craig, Deb, and Buddy grabbed tea towels and practically fought each other for the opportunity to help. Maggie's secret?
Whoever dried the "magic" dish got a chocolate bar.
Maggie used the magic dish throughout every holiday, and the kids never figured out which one it was – although, amazingly, each of them got it about every fourth meal….
photo by Peter Griffin