Amy: Kids' cleaning job is never up to snuff

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 2:34 PM

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mplssellDec. 20, 1211:23 AM

"Please show me the tricks of the trade, Mom" - should be the response of the daughter to criticism. How are the kids to know what is acceptable if the parents don't teach or show them.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 20, 12 1:34 PM

I recall just a few days ago when my ten year old told my fiance "mom yelled at me". I did not yell, after I asked her to wash dry and put away what was less than 10 dishes, most of which hers she had left all day while I was at work (at least they made it to the sink haha), she washed half of them and spent an extended amount of time continuing to try to negotiate her way out, I firmly told her to do the dishes or she was not going to dance the next day. Unfortunately parents and kids do no see eye to eye about what is firm and what is "mean" "yelling" etc. I dont think theres anything wrong with weekend chores, its called family working as a team. Your parents work all week and I assure you life is not as easy for them as you think, I would rather be a teenager again doing chores than being an adult who has to worry about working, putting food on the table, keeping the lights on, rent, toiletries etc etc, let your parents have a break without complaining...consider yourself lucky kid.

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