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Did You Do Chores as a Kid?

Growing up, I had to do my share of household chores, as did my siblings, but I definitely have memories of throwing a fit when asked to; I was a spoiled brat at times. We never had an organized system or schedule like a chore chart, and my poor mother did most of the housework. But then again, we did also have a cleaning lady. In any case, I personally think doing chores as a kid is a good way to learn household skills crucial for adult life, and it keeps you from feeling too entitled.Source

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CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I just realized, now that I'm grown up I'm too busy to do a lot of my old chores. I spend every weekend away from home, so I often leave laundry for someone else to do with their clothes.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
My brother and I had certain chores we did every day/week. If we completed our chores we got an allowance. I think it was a great way to do it because we learned that we had to work to support ourselves. That being said we didnt have a lot of work to do. We had to make our beds, hang up our towels and put our toys/books/etc away every morning. I set the table before dinner and cleaned off the table and loaded the dishwasher after dinner. My brother unloaded the dishwasher and took out the trash. We got a "bonus" if we washed our parents' car on the weekends. But we learned to take pride in our work and do it well, as small and insignificant as our chores were. I learned very quickly that if i forgot to make my bed one day, I didnt get an allowance that week.
kia kia 8 years
I was pretty self-sufficient growing up and pitched in where I could.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
My mom refused to get a dishwasher because I was her "little dishwasher." It's still one of my most hated chores. But she would always write a list of chores for us to do while she was at work. If we didn't do the list she would either make us stay up late until it was done or ground us until we finished them. Once I was grounded for over a month because I wouldn't clean my room. Still a hard core procrastinator.
bushra bushra 8 years
as the middle of ten, i was definitely put to work! looking after younger siblings, making beds, washing up, the works! you have no idea how much i love to run around getting things done as a result! i had my chores done by 10.30 this morning!
Mishell Mishell 8 years
There were 5 of us kids, and we all did the house cleaning when we got home from school. I have no idea what my mother did during the day... not too much,I'm sure, since we lived 10 miles away from the nearest town.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I never did chores! :) My parents decided that my way was the wrong way, but now, I do things my way and it works just the same. For example, my mom loves sponges, but I hate them! They're a home to germs and they smell terrible, no matter how new it is. I basically have a sponge phobia, so I use Fantastik and a dishcloth. In fact, I use a dishcloth for a lot of things, since you could hand wash them in a second. My mom hates dishcloths; she claims they are too flamable. Go figure, eh? So yeah, I was pretty spoiled growing up, which turned out to be a bad thing cause I still don't have a clue when it comes to using the dishwasher, (I hand wash everything) and I can't use a mop. I find mops pretty gross too. I mean, sticking anything into a toilet just to make it clean sounds pretty crazy. I mean, when you think about, you're just rubbing even more germs onto your floor like salmonella and E. Coli, God knows what's on that toilette... Anyway, I'm going to stop rambling now.
yes-jess yes-jess 8 years
I've got a brother and a sister (I'm the youngest). My mom never made my brother do any chores. Once I was 10, she had me mowing the lawn (every weekend, in Houston, under the hellish summer sun), doing my own laundry, washing her car and keeping the room I "shared" (I use the term loosely since she'd lock me out for the greater part of the day) with my sister clean. My sister wouldn't mow the lawn, she would always "faint" (probably because she was going through her anorexic phase) and I was "sturdy". Ugh. Whoever says being the youngest means you get spoiled should have seen me. When my brother moved back home after his divorce, my mom made him mow the lawn a few times and he couldn't take it. He bought a riding mower (complete with giant umbrella) right away.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
My dad always had his hands in sh!t. At 11 I was helping him remodel houses.. laying down baseboards, paintings, dry wall, holding things in place for him, helping him move things, laying down bricks, wheel barreling things around for him, etc.. I was always like wtf why is he treating me like a man! ...and then inside I did the dishes, my sis did the laudry, we alternated on cleaning the bathrooms.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i totally did chores i helped allot :)
linb linb 8 years
Isn't that the reason people have kids? That's what my parents always told me.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
growing up, i was very spoilt by my mum until age 14, when they split up and I lived with dad. Once that happened, I cooked 4 nights a week, when I didnt cook I cleaned (dishes, floors etc) every day, and i'd do a spring clean (4 hours) every saturday morning without any allowance. plus my schoolwork and my night job. My dads a hard a**!!! LOL
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yea ym family made HUGE MESSY gorment dinners all the time so dishes after dinner was not fun!
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
RosaDilia - that's exactly the makeup of my family, except I'm 2nd. My poor brother.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I'm the oldest of five (4 girls, 1 boy), my dad had our names on the calendar for each day of the week on what chore to do. It sort of worked out but my worst chore day was the kitchen. I hated doing the dishes especially when you have a mom who was always cooking.
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
My own chore upbringing was uninteresting in either direction. But my mother-in-law makes me do chores whenever I visit. And then tells me frequently what I am doing wrong. She stands behind me as I load the dishwasher and then reloads it the "correct" way (she thinks it should look just like the box did when she bought it). It drives me crazy b/c, having grown up in a family of 7, I consider myself very good at loading. The more I can cram in that thing, the less I have to wash afterwards!
millarci millarci 8 years
Absolutely! Also, we didn't get paid for doing chores (although we got an allowance). My parents felt that since we live in their house we should do our share. Like I said, we got an allowance, but unlike my friends, my allowance wasn't determined by the amount of chores I did. My mother gave us an allowance just so we have a little spending money.
whitemouse whitemouse 8 years
Oh, yes! Saturdays were chore day - we had a jar with stickers on it and everytime my brother or I completed a chore my mom put a cotton ball in the jar. When the jar was full we'd get to do something fun, like go to the movies. And then there were the days when my mom wanted us all to do outdoor chores but nobody wanted to so she'd lock us all (including my dad and herself) outside and carry the house key in her pocket, haha.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
hahaha that's funny bigestivediscuit! I never cleaned "right" according to my mum, unfort I still did the chores but she just followed behind me telling me everything I was doing wrong- such as improperly loading the dishwasher haha!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
No, I never did chores and I still don't when I go home to visit - I make my dad iron all my clothes and my mom does all the laundry. And they cook and clean. They hate the way I do things anyways as they're perfectionist and my mom is convinced that I've stacked dishes in the dishwasher "incorrectly." Okkkayyyy so out of frustration they just end up doing everything. It sucked when I moved into my own apartment.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Oh yes I cleaned! My job was the dishes 2 times a day (after school and after dinner). And my family would go away every weekend and I would eb home alone, so Sunday's I would clean the house from top to bottom for them :) My parents still get me to do the dishes when I eat there haha :)
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I like to tell myself that it's taught me to appreciate cleaning my own house (which is much much smaller and has no lawn or garden). my parents, much like cmd0610, still try to get me to clean their house. I don't go over often.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
My mum still tries to make me do chores when I'm home on a holiday and I'm almost 26! Hence I don't go home a lot, I think she still thinks I'm a teenager haha.
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