I didn't say I didn't expect to help, but surely a woman with 4 kids including a baby has enough on her hands and common sense would've let her escape any additional chores! As for me helping, if it was something I could do while watching DS, then I would have no problem helping.
Having read everyone's posts, it sounds like common sense still may not be found at PlayGroup. What if someone has a broken foot? Do they still have to mop the floor and mind their child/ren? I wasn't suggesting I should get out of helping because my mother had 8 children, but surely like anything, it shouldn't be a blanket rule.
At out playgroup their is a roster system for like opening/closing (including set up and pack up), and then for fruit cut up (we each take a peice to share), wash up and also for craft.
I think that anything that you do at home is done whilst watching your children- mopping floors etc, so why wouldnt you be able to help out to do it when their are a dozen or so other mums around to also keep an eye on your ds? Its not like you are leaving your DS with them, your still their. I know the other mothers at the playgroup, and am quite confirdent that my children will not be in danger while im helping out.
Most playgroup are parent run, and therefore require parents to actively participate in all the aspects involved in running it!
Im sure if you broke your foot no one would expect you to do what someone who isnt injured would do, just like when your heavily pregnant youl wouldnt be expected to pack up the heavy toys etc, its just about helping things run smoothly, and if you cant or wont contribute, then im sure that you wouldnt be invited back. Every parent their manages to get the stuff done that needs doing whilst watching their children, whether they have 1 or 4!