There will be no speech marks on the following extract from our morning get-readiness.
Okay Philip, you have 10 minutes, will you make your bed?
But I don't know how.
Okay, so you need to practice. Off you go.
2 mins later. I can't do it.
Younger sister pipes up. I'll do it.
Okay Emily, will you HELP your OLDER brother make the bed.
5 minutes later there is a beautifully made bed which Emily did on her own. Philip you should have helped. Emily you get a sweet after school for being so good at that. Philip, when you learn you will get one too.
But, I just can't do it.
Why, sure Emily is younger and she is able to do it.
But...but....she can do it because she's a girl.
I didn't teach him this.