I am the mean mommy
This bugs me too! My solution is this: If he wants me to carry something that he should carry or when my hands are already full, I tell him he can carry it or leave it. It never gets left.
Katie, mama to a pair of boys one little and one not so little.
"No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people - and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion." -Michael Bloomberg