Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “Chores and Allowances.” She wants to know…
Did you have chores you were responsible for? At what age did that begin?
Probably starting at around five years old, my main “chore” was to keep my bedroom clean and neat.
Were you required to make your bed and keep your room tidy?
Yes, but that didn’t include things like vacuuming. My mom did that.
Did you have the responsibility for those chores for siblings or others in the house? Were chores evenly distributed?
I had two older sisters and they forbade me from setting foot in their rooms.
Were you asked to take out the trash, mow the lawn, or do the dishes? How about cooking?
Yes, yes, yes, and no.
Were you given an allowance? If so, at what age and how much?
I think I was about 10 when I started getting a 50¢ a week allowance. That was bumped up to $1 a week a few years later. Other than that, I earned my own money by mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, and delivering newspapers.
Were there repercussions if you did not do your chores?
Sometimes it cost me my allowance. At other times, I would be grounded.
How did you establish chores once you had a home of your own?
I traveled for my job and was on the road a lot, so my wife handled assigning household chores to the kids.