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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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17

YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?

When I Was Growing Up My Parents Did Not Expect Me to Do Chores

WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE.

—Kahlil Gibran

“YOU DONT HAVE TO DO CHORES? Are you ever lucky!” Not so, the overindulged adults said. They were asked how they were overindulged, and they said, “By having things done for me,” and, “Parents not expecting me to do consistent chores.”1

THE LABORATORY WHERE RESPONSIBILITY IS LEARNED . . .

If children claim that parents don’t have chores, parents can smile just a bit and say, “Nice try.” Adults commonly call their chores jobs or work or tasks or projects. Try making a list of all the chores adults do. But not now. ...

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