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Reposting a blog series for 2011 about kids and chores, you can read the original of this one here.
A whole family
Be it resolved that the truth of kids doing chores is: ‘we all need to work as a family.’
Opposed: How do you know that’s true?
Affirmative: it’s self-evident: it’s our home and we need to work together for it to be peaceful and healthy
Opposed: A bit of a circle of logic, there, but how ‘healthy’ is it to put kids in a position of opposition to the people they need to live? How peaceful is it to order people around? How peaceful do you find resistance and rebellion?
Affirmative: we’re all equal in our home
Opposed: Y’are not. Who selects which chores are really on the list? Who has veto?
Affirmative: well, someone has to lead!
Opposed: Doubtless. Does it always get to be the same person?
Opposed: ‘Leadership’ engages voluntary cooperation. Dictatorship engages ‘doesn’t matter how you feel about it’ obedience (and resistance and rebellion.) What do you do when they choose not to participate?
Opposed: Perhaps more importantly, what are they allowed to do when you choose not to participate?
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