Chores or Relax during Summer Vacation?

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Registered: 12-24-1999
Chores or Relax during Summer Vacation?
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 8:21am

Just doing my own little "poll" - should a parent let their 14 year old just "play" all day during the summer

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 9:01am

My philosophy is that the household does not stop running just because you are on vacation.

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 9:12am

My son (11) has more chores in the summer because he doesn't have the repsonsibility of school.

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 1:30pm

We have chores year round but a few more in the summer, because we usually do some yard/home improvement type stuff where all hands are needed.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 4:35pm
My kids have chores year round. They usually get more to do in the summers, I don't make them do reading, they avid readers, so they do that themselves.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 8:51pm

If they don't do chores, DH and I will be doing them all, so heck yeah, they have chores!

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 11:56pm

Honestly, my kids are often busier in the summer than during the school year.

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Registered: 08-19-2005
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 2:13am
I like your chore list - how do you get him to do them? Does he remember to do them on his own or do you have a system to remind him?
My kids are pretty good at doing chores but usually need to be prompted to do them.