In these financially difficult times, most families are
feeling the crunch and both parents have had to go
out to work.What that means is that there is now
no one left at home to do the household chores
that were once traditionally done by the mother.
Many people feel that teenagers should ease this
situation by helping out around the house.
On the one hand, teenagers are members of the
family group and, therefore, have a responsibility to
do their part in keeping the family home clean and
tidy. When all is said and done, it does not take
much time or effort to keep a home running
smoothly if everyone pitches in and does their fair
share of the work.
On the other hand, however, there are times when
teenagers should be excused from doing chores.
Young people these days, what with their busy
schedules, often have very little time for anything but
homework, projects and exam preparation. On the
occasions when their responsibilities become too
great, teenagers should be exempted from their duties
until they have more free time available for them.
A family is like a sports team in that all its members
must pull together to get things done.Teenagers, as
part of a family, must take on certain obligations,
household chores being one of them. However,
exceptions should be made in certain situations,
exam time, for example, when a teenager’s time is
better spent on other responsibilities.
To begin with, it’s not fair to make teenagers help out at home because they are usually under a lot of pressure at school. If they have cleaning to do when they get home, when will they find the time or energy to do their homework? In addition, some parents can rely too much on their children to do all the jobs they hate, like weeding the garden. Quite often, children are turned into slaves that work for the benefit of the parents and for little financial reward.
On the other hand, it makes sense to share the household chores. Many parents also lead busy lives and don’t have enough time to do all the jobs that keep a home neat and tidy. Childhood is a time of learning and every day has something new. If children were forced to work all hours of the day, they would have no time for personal development. After all, as the saying goes, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’