Do your children do chores around the house?
When I was growing up I mowed the lawn, raked leaves, shoveled snow and did anything else that was needed. My 13 yearold son has one resposibility: Mow the back lawn on Sat afternoon. Getting him to do that is like pulling teeth. I drove around town this afternoon and I didn;t notice a single kid out working in his yard. When I was young I would see dozens.
My children are too old to live with me anymore; but, when they were young they had chores just like I did as a child. Unfortunately, parents today don't seem to assign chores and follow up to make sure they are done. Children grow up with a sense of entitlement that doesn't hold them accountable for anything; so, young people today don't seem to know the meaning of the word "responsibility".
We share the same experience. My brother and I always did the yard work on the weekends before we were allowed to play. During the summers and holidays, I worked for my dad in the cable tv business all through my teens and even before. My sisters helped mom with the housework, laundry and dishes as well as other chores. If we really wanted to do something on the weekend we got up extra early to get things done. We knew we could not leave the house with chores unfinished. Today our grandson lives with us. All he has to do is mow the front yard as needed and we have to tell him when 'as needed' happens. We had our own son do yard work, help with the house and such so I don't know where things went wrong but they certainly have.
As soon as I could see over the washing machine I was doing laundry and hanging clothe on the line! That wasn't to long ago considering I am only 21. But, my 3 year old has chores she has to do, and as she gets older she will have more chores to do. Not because I am mean but without chores kids do not know respect nor responsibility.
Thanks Traci21. I think kids today don't have the responsibility we had. They have a sense of entitlement we would never have dreamed of.
billd01603...You're right but this isn't the world we grew up in and never will be again. I think we need to quit remembering the past and get ready for the future. I lived through 'the good old days' and they weren't so good.
Yes, but it took much more prodding than in my time. I believe that each person living in the home should contribute to maintaining the house/yard by lending a hand.
No. Nothing. I'm a push over and fem major (ever since I got jumped on in a group for using the phrase 'my wife' I refer to the spouse as fem major and the daughter as fem minor) isn't much better. My present child is fourteen and I'm happy with her. She's not the most disciplined but she's smart, creative, naturally hard on herself and, most importantly, cares. My son, 29, was the same. They are so close in natures their almost like long delayed twins. My son was so self judging that when he screwed up, he needed encouragement more than punishment.
When I was growing up, I learned to do all the housework.. and got plenty of practice!
My children have all had chores. I have found that the less chores they had, the lazier they were!
I think that chores are an important way for children to learn and practice all the things they will need to be able to do as adults. Doing them as they grow up gives them time to ask questions and make mistakes while there is someone right there to help. Aside from that, I feel it is an important way that they can contribute to the family.
Mind you, I wish I could say that they joyfully bounce out of their seats and get to their chores while smiling and whistling a happy tune, but alas, the opposite is true! There are times when I believe it would be less painful to do it myself, but what would they learn from that. So, I suffer through their whining, and I cajole them into getting their chores done by any means necessary!
The rule at the end of the day is: You can feel however you want about having chores to do. Your feelings are valid. You can tell me how you feel.. once. You still need to get your chores done.
yes my children do chores, they dont like it and dont think its fair, however the way i see it, if they are old enough to want things like laptops, and iphones etc etc, then there is no reason what so ever why they cant help out.
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