Wow! Talk about timing. Right after I received your question on the Mamasource email I got this email from Love and Logic. Maybe it will help. I copied and pasted it directly...
The single most important thing we can do to help our kids develop these skills [good "employee skills] is to expect them to complete chores without reminders and without pay. In our CD, "Didn’t I Tell You to Take Out the Trash?!", we teach the following steps for making this happen:
Instead of saying, "Take out the trash, now!" try giving your child a deadline, "Just have the trash taken out by six o’clock."
This deadline gives you plenty of time to think about what you will do if your child forgets or refuses to do the chore.
Resist the urge to nag and remind.
If your child forgets or refuses to do the chore, do it for them.
With great empathy, provide a consequence. "This is so sad. I did your chores. How are you planning to pay me?"
Your child can pay by doing extra chores, staying home instead of being driven somewhere they want to go, giving you a toy, etc.
Thanks for reading.
Dr. Charles Fay
My 7-yr.-old (oldest) child acts the same way--I was laughing because the exact words you quoted come from his mouth all the time. I am going to have to try this technique also. He'll soon learn about doing his jobs AND money management (I hope!).