Here is something that a lot of people do not know about me….I was not required to do any chores. True. None. At the time it was pretty great. When my friends would tell me that they could not play because they had chores to do a very puzzled look would come on my face. Why? because nothing was ever required of me.
As I grew older it became apparently very quick that this was not the norm. Even though I do not want to admit this, but I was lazy. Watching my parents work did not bother me at all.
When it came time for me to get a job this trait carried over into that job, and the next, and the next. It was easy to watch other people work. But then I had my son and became a single mom.
Nobody else was going to pay our mortgage, bills, and car expense. This helped me to grow up. A Lot.
Looking back at how much I grew when everything depended on me NOT being lazy was eye opening. It really transformed me into a responsible adult. I was 25 years old when I had my son and it took me that long to stop watching others work and start working myself.
From the time he could carry a broom my oldest son (who is now 17 )has helped me clean. Even though it was just me and him for 9 years he HAD chores. Because I did not want him to go through what I did. My little boy worked right along side of me in the home and my cleaning business. As he grew he was able to do more, but more was expected. At first, his cleaning was not quick, nor was it perfect. But for a little boy it was good enough. If it was in a clients home then I finished the room and areas that he had trouble completing.
Today I am very proud to say that there is nothing in the house that he cannot clean, or do. He has a great work ethic and holds down a good job. That is something that no one can take away from a mother. Pride in her child. Character is important. Chores are important.
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