What parent would ever invent giving your kids allowances for chores? Let’s get serious here, in today’s economy who the ‘hay’ can afford to pay their kids allowances for doing the things we did when we were growing up without getting a cent?
Did I get paid for ironing, cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry? Of course I didn’t because back in the days ( I sound like my mother now) the word allowance didn’t exist. Well actually it did because my parents allowed me to live with them while they fed, clothed and forced child labor on me at an early age. But that was ‘allowed’ back then, you HAD to clean your room, you HAD to sweep and mop the floor, you HAD to wash the dishes and learn to cook at the tender age of 7 (yes, the Latin community believed in child labor at that early age and it was called raising responsible kids).
Today my kids are asking what they can do around the house to make money. I tell them to ‘get a job’. They’re lucky there’s a law against sending them to work by the age of 9 because I was ready to put a suit and tie on both my boys at that age in order to grow my retirement fund.
Allowances for chores…what will be next? An allowance for being their parent? I’ll show you an allowance, close your eyes and what do you see? Really? Nothing you say? Well that’s your allowance!
Ain’t life grand?