I’ve been teasing my niece about her recent enthusiasm for cleaning and organizing her home. It’s a little early for spring cleaning, and I’m not the best housekeeper to begin with. I’ve found that after years of living in the country I have developed a tolerance for dust, spider webs, and dirty floors. Oh, I vacuum and dust and occasionally even mop, but most of it is useless. The next day the wind blows the dust back in and the spiders work harder than ever to decorate my ceilings.
It is ironic that I ran across this little gem yesterday! My mother must have read it because she was adamant about everyone in our family having “chores” to do. I washed dishes when I had to stand on a chair to do so!
The Caddo Herald
July 12, 1946
Fun and Home Training Fine if Parents are Wise
If Mom and Dad are good salesmen, Johnny and Mary can experience a summer at home combining fun with training; that is the advice of Dr. Alice Sowers, director of Family Life Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
Boundless energies are turned home once school is finished and then parents must direct a program to replace school, athletics and extracurricular activities.
None or few of winter time-consumers carry through summer, the advisor said. The wise parent, a good salesman and good executive, should be able to marshal this tremendous force of enthusiasm and energy for the general good of the entire family.
Parents must do a good job of salesmanship if they succeed in selling children the idea of helping around the house and yard. While they are relieving mother and Dad of some work, they are learning something about the job itself. They are acquiring habits of industry and thrift. They are learning to budget their time and are becoming good citizens of the home. And the chores need not become drudgery. Miss Sowers suggests that the jobs be varied so that one week it is dishwashing, next dusting, another marketing and meal planning.
And the chores of mending, of cooking, changing linens and the laundry will help the future. She decries the number of girls who plan to marry who know little of housekeeping.
House and yard duties will afford time for conversations between parents and children. It is a time to become the better acquainted.
Miss Sowers issues a parting warning: success lies with Mom and Dad.