During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Work and Chores

Work and chores are an important part of family life.   It takes a lot of work to run a household, keep the house and clothes clean, provide meals, and care for the yard and garden.  When children are young, they love to help Mom and Dad, so that's the best time to start teaching them how to work and take responsibility.   We have had different variations of chore charts throughout the years, and our kids have always been responsible for making their own beds, cleaning their own rooms, clearing their own dishes from the table, and doing other chores around the house each week.   Young children also love helping in the garden, and we've always tried to give each child their own little garden plot to be responsible for planting and weeding.  Each child has had a turn mowing lawns, doing laundry, dusting and vacuuming, taking out the trash, cooking dinner, moping floors, and cleaning bathrooms.   Some assigned chores were just expected, and others could earn the kids a bit of extra money

.With six kids, our home has never been a showcase or a model of pristine cleanliness, but I believe that each one can do a fairly decent job of running a household on their own.   The kids also helped with stripping wallpaper, putting up sheet rock, painting, and other jobs when we bought and remodeled our own home, and have earned money helping with the cleaning and filing and paperwork of the family business.


DS1 was the first of the children to get a job outside of the family, and spent several years folding and delivering newspapers weekday afternoons and weekend mornings.  Rain, sleet, heat, and snow did not keep him from his rounds.  DS2 soon followed in his footsteps, and for a few years we had two paper routes in the family.

 Mom and sisters helped out when the boys were at scout camps, and the girls also had their share of babysitting jobs.   As they grew older there were part time jobs at scout camps, the library and at call centers.   During college years they found more jobs at libraries, tutoring, as teacher's aids and lab assistants,  custodial work, serving banquets, cashiering at gift shops, snack shops, and even the local planetarium.

What chores have you or your children done during the years?

What were your first paying jobs?


  1. Hi Marcy - yes life is always helping out ... I never had a job as a child ... we were out in the countryside ... but frankly I rather wish I had ... your kids had a wonderful range of jobs and thus gained knowledge ... cheers Hilary

    1. There weren't very many paying jobs where I grew up either. I did do some baby tending and a lot of farm chores. One summer I was able to do some typing and data entry for the local phone company for a few weeks when they were in a pinch, but mostly I just did chores for my parents until I went to college.

  2. It takes a special called woman to be the mother of six, and you are that woman. I admire you so much, Marcy AND DH, for teaching your children to help!

    1. Thank you Sandy. I like to think that I have been a good influence on my children, and I am the first to admit that none of us are perfect. But they never cease to amaze me with the talents they have and they good things that they accomplish, and I know that I cannot really take the credit. There's nothing quite like the joy of being a mother!