Thread: Kids and Chores
07-10-2008, 08:42 PM
Where I lived, my situation was dead-on normal and I realize it isn't for most people but it taught me a lot about real life. In real life, you have do stuff that is boring or hard just because it needs to get done. In real life, nobody picks up after you. In real life, they call it "work" because it isn't fun or entertaining.
I've seen more than one shocked 25 year old who is depressed and outraged that robot-slaves aren't a normal part of working life. :D
07-10-2008, 08:47 PM
- Join Date
- May 2008
Wow..I had a lot of chores but we didn't think of it that way. My grandfather had a garden and we
picked bushels of corn, butterbeans, tomatoes, etc. on Monday and Wednesday and went to the
cannery on Tuesday and Thursday. My parents worked and left us with the grands early and picked us up late. At home, when we got older ....at about 11 or 12 , I had to fold clothes, dry the dishes,
clean the bathrooms, and that drying dishes was for at my grandparents as well. Make my bed before school, put out my clothes in the morning. I had better keep that room clean, and sweep after we ate.
I had two sisters and my elder sister had more chores than me. My Mother was a workacholic basically and a neat freak. She worked about 60 hours in Atlanta for over twenty years in the office at Avon and Daddy worked there as well in shipping. She would clean the house from top to bottom on Saturdays including
washing windows, baseboards, doing the ironing, laundry, wash little trinkets, clean mirrors, strip beds,
hang clothes, even though we had a dryer most of the time, and cook..a lot !!!!!
Daddy did the yardwork when he could pry the mower away from Mother, build stuff in the workshop, repair things, plumbing, garden..plus like Mama work a full time job AND was a full time pastor which took
up his evenings a lot. Saturdays was all about cleaning until about 4 in the afternoon where they religiously
sent us off to the movies for about three hours. Sunday was about church and visitation and as I look back I kinda resent that Mama never sat down or watched tv, or did anything but work.
Laziness was absolutely not tolerated in our home. I am greatful for that. For the most part.
Our kids? I won't tolerate laziness but they sure have it made compared to how I had it.
They fold and put their clothes away. They all do dishes. They sweep. They take out the garbage.
They keep their rooms clean. They make their beds. They help with the baby. They bring in firewood,
They clean the bathrooms. If One complains, I ignore. They hate my war stories and I tell them when they
start complaining. I ususally up the chores. if they complain.
07-10-2008, 08:51 PM
By Kindergarten I was expected after school to:
Carry in wood for the woodstove
Feed assorted critters (chickens, ducks, rabbits)
Help with supper
Set the table
Clear the table
Do the dishes
Then do whatever random evil chores my mother decided I needed to do such as folding and putting away my clothes or cleaning my roomI smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
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