So my sister is 18 and lives at home with my parents rent free. I pay her the six times a year that she babysits graciously: clothes sodas books, $150 yearly! I have four kids, one special needs. Plus feed her meals if she babysits during a meal hour. At my mom's she has two chores: dishes and feed/water dogs.
Well, this week she went to her pediatrician and complained! Said she works too hard and wants to run away (in my state anyone NOT graduated from High School and still enrolled is considered truant and a run away until 19 years of age). Not shocking that she is acting like a hormonal teen on her period. It happens, right?
The pedi said, "No one should have to take care of anyone or do any chores, except to take care of themselves."
Is that the new psycho babble!? That we teach our teens not to participate in household chores and responsiblities. Is it common that families are no longer requiring their teens to do any helpful acts around the house. I thought a huge part of their development was learning how to work as a team and help others as skills they will need when they are employed.