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Kids and Chores 
8th-Aug-2011 06:49 am
 Poll #xxxx KIDS and CHORES
Poll #1768062 KIDS and CHORES

Do you believe kids should be required to do chores?

Yes, as soon as they can walk and talk
Yes, as soon as they're around the age of 6 or so.
Yes, as soon as they're preteens/teens
No, let kids be kids(spoiled, disrespectful, etc). (They'll just magically grow up one day)
Only if they are paid for every single thing they do.

Do you think kids should get allowance for chores?

They should get allowance for extra chores, but have some basic ones that must be done no matter what.
They should get paid for everything they do.
No, they should not get allowance; if they need something, they can just ask and maybe they'll get it.

Were you required to do chores as a kid/teen?

Just a little

What is your age group?

Below 21
8th-Aug-2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Isn't this question a little loaded? The "no" choice assumes that a child who doesn't do chores will automatically be spoilt and disrespectful. For the record, I don't have an opinion on this question one way or the other, but the bias riles me.
8th-Aug-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
^ This.
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8th-Aug-2011 11:34 pm (UTC) - ???
" as they seem to have quite a few strong opinions that they are using polloftheday to preach."

Like what? :P
8th-Aug-2011 11:32 pm (UTC) - Re
Maybe not in every single case, but probably in most cases, if a child is waited on hand and foot, and not required to lift a finger around the house...that kid and people around him/her will be affected in a negative way later on.
9th-Aug-2011 03:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Re
Not only is that a non sequitur - I know plenty of brats that do chores, and plenty of jerks that did chores - it's also verging into straw man territory - not having a duty schedule of household projects is far from being 'waited on hand and foot.'
10th-Aug-2011 07:56 am (UTC) - Re: Re
Well, it doesn't have to be called a 'chore chart' or 'chores' if you don't want. =P

The basic idea was more, 'not helping around the house, and having someone else make your bed for you, wash/dry/fold/put away your clothes, vacuum, do dishes, etc etc is a pretty good recipe for B.R.A.T.
8th-Aug-2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
This question is admittedly loaded, but tbh I almost reflexively look down on parents who don't require their kids to do any chores. Setting aside any issues with being spoiled... you're gonna send these people out into the real world as adults with no clue how to do anything around the house, really?

Edited at 2011-08-08 02:48 pm (UTC)
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8th-Aug-2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds good. Allowance doesn't have to necessarily be tied to chores. There are several productive, intelligent ways to do it. :)
8th-Aug-2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
My kid is only 5 so we haven't started any talk about allowances or anything, but he certainly does stuff around the house. He loves to be helpful. I don't think there's some magical thing about age 6 that would make it a good time to start asking kids to be helpful.
8th-Aug-2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. I just thought some people might have been thinking around "school-age" like 5 or 6 is a good time. Personally I believe as soon as they can walk and talk, they can help out with picking up their toys, dirty dishes, etc.
9th-Aug-2011 04:46 am (UTC)
I think kids should do chores as soon as they're able, but I don't necessarily like considering it chores. I just think they should be expected to help out, because that's what family, or even just people in general, should do for each other. That's kind of our philosophy in my preschool class and it works quite well. Everyone wants to have fun with the things that we have, so we need to make sure we're all helping to take care of all of our things.

I never got an allowance, but I was always jealous of people who did!
9th-Aug-2011 06:54 am (UTC)
I am in agreement. :) There's no need to consider it "chores" and make a chart IF everything is going fine without all that extra organization. But the whole chore-chart thing does work for some families, I guess. :3
9th-Aug-2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Your icon... staring at me. o_o
10th-Aug-2011 07:58 am (UTC)
10th-Aug-2011 08:52 am (UTC)
10th-Aug-2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I think a kid should do the normal house duties likehelping with the dishes helping setting the table tidying up ones room etc. I always got told as a kid that since it is not a Hotel we all have to help at getting things done , when i was 10 or so we got all assigned one specific task such as monday the kitchen wednesdays the bathroom and fridays vacuuming and my siblings would have the other days doing thesechores. We wouldnt get allowance for that but we did get pocket money which was not related to doing anything in the house. It was just so that we can learn to handle money (it wasnt a lot it was just 4 mark in a months(1 mark a week) it only got more when we got older and that was the basic money we got if we wanted more we had to go look for a job(like paperrounds)
11th-Aug-2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I agree. It's best that kids learn that stuff from a very young age. :)
13th-Aug-2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Chores, hell; put them to work in the factories or the mines! If a child hasn't got black lung disease or lost a limb in an industrial accident by the age of 12, they're not working hard enough!

(That was sarcasm, by the way. In response to the tone of some of the answers.)
13th-Aug-2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Haha, really... I didn't think any of the answers/comments (yes, including my own) were very over the top, to be honest.

Chores aren't a bad thing, are they? :P
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