Childhood Chores

Did you have chores you were responsible for? At what age did that begin?

I used to do the washing up in return for some pocket money. To be honest, I used to grumble at my lot and remember stomping up the stairs, telling my mum I hated her because I was made to do my chores. I think I was about ten years old when I was asked to contribute to the household.

Were you required to make your bed and keep your room tidy?

My room needed to be kept tidy, it was the one thing my mum insisted on. I was responsible for keeping it clean, and Mum would shout if it wasn’t done.

Did you have the responsibility for those chores for siblings or others in the house? Were chores evenly distributed?

My siblings had moved out by the time chores were a thing for me.

Were you asked to take out the trash, mow the lawn, or do the dishes? How about cooking?

I was asked to wash the dishes, and looking back I didn’t have to do much.

Were you given an allowance? If so, at what age and how much?

I was given a few pounds a week and would spend my money on American Hardgum’s, marbles and comics.

Were there repercussions if you did not do your chores? 

Not really, I would get shouted at, but that was all. It normally ended with me going to my room.

How did you establish chores once you had a home of your own?

I was softer than my mum, and most of the time I didn’t ask anything of my children. One is neat and tidy, and my daughter, well, her version of tidy never matches my own.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

8 thoughts on “Childhood Chores

  1. Oh yes definitely. All the household chores were divided up and they changed every week. One week it would be dusting or vacuuming or taking out the garbage, etc. always helping with something!

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  2. Diana, I had to lookup American Hardgums as I had no idea what they were. My children had responsibilities, but they never had to do the types of chores I had as a child. They resented it at the time, but appreciate the lessons now, later in their lives.

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    1. I remember stomping up the stairs because I was being asked to dry up. I thought it was unfair, but I know better now. My daughter was round my sisters when she was the same age. She was given the drying up cloth and asked what it was for. Suffice to say she did the drying up.

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