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.