posted by Matt W on March 18th, 2015

The other day I was in a meeting at work waiting for my part of the discussion. I was bored and knew I had 10 minutes before I needed to pay attention. The meeting was in a large conference room that just happened to have a big TV in the corner and FOX news was silently playing. I started reading the ticker across the bottom of the screen.

“The wussification of our kids,” rolled by. I was intrigued.

As I silently watched the screen, they started flashing up different comments on how chores were being eliminated from our children’s lives. “Are they a benefit or are they just a burden?” piqued my interest. As the sound was off, I assumed they meant the “chores” and not the actual kids.

I did more chores than my children, and I really didn’t set that high of a bar. In my children’s defense, their lives were much different than mine. The activities in their lives were nearly constant. School, followed by soccer practice, followed by homework (in 3rd grade, crazy), followed by dinner, followed by practicing the piano, followed by their science project, finally followed by bed. It was overwhelming to me, let alone them. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “You go finish your homework and I will do the dishes. But tomorrow, you need to remember to do the dishes earlier…” I usually did the dishes the next day as well.

And even over the course of their lives, I have to admit my older children have done more work around the house than my youngest. The joke for many years was that my two older boys had to mow the lawn with a push mower, but when it was my daughters turn to mow the lawn I was going to buy her a riding mower. Truth be told, I just started mowing the lawn myself again. While I justify it by saying I need the exercise, in reality, it was just never worth the hassle to get her outside doing it, as she was always doing something. On the rare occasions she wasn’t doing something, it wasn’t worth the hour of prodding her outside to do the task when I could get it done myself in half that time. Sorry boys. My daughter has also learned from watching her siblings over the years to drag out any acceptable chore negating activity as long as possible to get out of doing work. It finally got to the point where she would say she had school work to do and I would say clean the kitchen first, because I knew she would stay up late to finish her homework, but there wasn’t a chance she would stay up to do the dishes, thereby leaving them for me to do in the morning.

So in the end, I don’t know whether my kids or I have been bigger wussies when it came to doing or assigning chores. It is really a close call. But either way, I will say the “Wussification of our kids” comment might be the first thing I have ever agreed with on FOX.



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