Last week, I informed my five-year-old that the coming Monday was Memorial Day. I told him daddy has a day off work, and his brother doesn’t need to go to school. “And I’m going to have the day off from washing dishes!” he informed me.
We heard that refrain a few more times on the weekend, that Monday he gets a day off from doing the dishes. That’s like the only consistent chore he has, washing dishes once a week. Generally, he still enjoys it. What powerful cultural forces are at work here?
After breakfast on Monday morning, I insisted that he march into the kitchen and get the dishes washed. “Why?” he whined.
“Because we didn’t take the day off from eating.”
Isn’t it better to learn these lessons when one is young?