scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Family Life MB
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 08:15:16 CDT
"Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five)
and do them for ninety days. Keep a record of how often you do each of
Note that the requirement specifies that they DO the chores for ninety
days, not merely keep a record for ninety days. How do YOU count the
days? Some possibilities that come to mind:
1. If they did their chores that day, it counts toward the ninety days.
If they didn't do them that day, it doesn't count. They keep going
until they've accumulated ninety (non-consecutive) days of actually
doing their chores.
2. The ninety days are consecutive calendar days. Under this scenario,
it seems to me they should have to have actually DONE the chores a
certain percentage of the time (not merely do them once or twice in
ninety days and keep a record of that). What percentage would you use?
75%? 80%? 90%? Negotiate with each Scout what percentage is
reasonable for him? I would say that expecting 100% would be a bit
much. If they don't make the required percentage, do you have them
start over? Or can they keep going (with improvement) until they hit
the required percentage?
3. Allow the Scout to choose between the two above methods.
I go for the 90 calendar days, but I want some evidence that it's a *regular
chore* (not a thing like, "I wash my dad's car when it's dirty." Too
nebulous.) I'll accept a chore that's done a few times a week, so long as
it's regular--- take out the trash, separate/bundle the recycling, do the
laundry, babysit a younger sibling so the parents can go to their volunteer
venues, etc. There are also the classics: feed the pets, empty the litterbox
or walk the dog, take turns in the dishwashing rotation, make bed, vacuum,
I think adding the % thing would be the verboten "adding requirements."
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