Reposting a blog series from 2011, which you can read in its original format here. In this post, we visit the oft-claimed demand that children must learn to do chores, so they must do chores to learn them...
They need to learn it…
Be it resolved that the truth of kids doing chores is ‘they need to learn how.’
How do you know that’s true?
"because all adults need to know"
Okay, without referring to all the adults who hire out that work to pros, let’s pretend that’s true: how long would it take an adult to learn to sweep a floor or wash a toilet? Ten minutes? Fifteen if they had to add a lecture on cleaning supplies and tools?
How long do you think the training is for a professional maid to be completely qualified? A week? Three days? Half a day? How is this an argument for eight-year-olds doing the same task even once a month?
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