I hope that most of you have had the opportunity to purchase your copy of Folks, This Ain’t Normal – Joel’s newest book. For the next several weeks deviating from my usual posts, I plan to lead some discussion on it – Chapter by Chapter. I hope you will join in.
If you don’t have a copy of it yet, you can purchase it in hardback, ebook or audio format here.
This is meant to be a discussion. You can agree, disagree or just lurk. All I’m asking is that you be respectful of other commentator’s opinions. You may kindly disagree, but please refrain from personal attacks and name calling, ok? We’re all adults here. 🙂
Now, with that out of the way, let’s jump in!
Joel addresses chores for young people here. Do you think that he is wrong in this. What about child labor laws? How do you find a balance?
He gives an example of my son, Travis, at the age of five helping to raise and lower the front-end loader on the tractor. I remember this day as clearly as if it happened yesterday. Travis remembers this day today, three years later. Such a sense of pride and satisfaction.
Both of my boys have herded the cattle from the corral back to the field all by themselves. Is it dangerous? It could be, but so is crossing the street. What things have your kids done to get involved with your family?
Do you assign chores? What are your thoughts on allowances? If you don’t have kids, what about your own childhood – what stories can you share of things that you did? Can you imagine kids doing them today?
My kids love to pick tomatoes. I planted cherry tomatoes this spring, just so that they would have the opportunity to pick and eat them at leisure. It made for some spoiled dinners, but they loved it and it gave them a sense of pride when I would send them out to pick all the “red” ones while I was finishing the dinner preparations. This was a favorite job of my 3 year old daughter. It was perfect for her too since she had learned all of her colors. “Leave the green ones, pick the red ones.”
Pictures of my kids helping snap and can green beans.