So this Thanksgiving with J's family, I got up to do dishes and I commented that when we (my siblings) were growing up, at my Grandmother's house, my Mom made all the kids do the dishes. So there would be about 10 kids of various sizes, some on stools, others standing, doing all the dishes after a big feast. Someone replied, I can't imagine making kids work, they should be being kids. Hmmm. Now I really do see both sides to this argument. Yes, kids should enjoy spending time with cousins, running outside, playing football, creating imaginary games, etc. But, its like the expression, "catch a fish for a child, feed him for a day, teach a child to fish, feed him for a lifetime." I think it builds character to have to put in some sweat equity into things. I congratulate my mom for having the cohonas to wrangle all us cousins and put us to work...even if it was a little dish washing sweat shop--J/K.
However you might look at it personally, it did create a memory, I will always remember doing dishes, then getting to go play :-)
Oh well, today all my family is coming over for our Thanksgiving....are my nieces and nephews tall enough to reach the sink yet? LOL