Coddling children isn’t a very good way to prepare them for real life. Chores teach skills they will need as well as responsibility.
Recently, I had a conversation with someone close in age to myself about our childhoods. I recalled my Saturday responsibilities growing up: raking and bagging leaves when I was younger, and mowing the lawn when I was a bit older. I had some kitchen clean up job every night of the week, except for my birthday, from as far back as I can remember (the above picture is me, age four).
When my grandparents needed help with things like cleaning out their garage or doing yard work, to their house I went. I did get an allowance, but I was not paid to do these things. I did them because I was a member of the house and as such, I was expected to pitched in. When I did want extra money, my mom was always ready with a list of serious jobs.
There also wasn’t the constant badgering of…
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