Woman tells Premier Clark children in foster families should be assigned chores

By on April 18, 2017

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

I grew up in a farm family of 10 children. We all learned to work at an early age and we all were given age appropriate “jobs” to do around the farm.

My first job was to bring in the kindling and an older sister brought in the wood.

As time moved on, I graduated to bringing in the eggs the chickens laid as well.

I regarded it as an honour to be of help to my family.

Later, I graduated to milking cows.

I realize that farm families have a definite advantage over city kids as there is always age appropriate jobs on a farm.

However, I believe all foster families in this province should assign chores to children on a daily basis.

When these children reach age 16, insist they get part-time jobs. I don’t care if it’s stocking shelves at the local supermarket or flipping burgers at McDonalds.

They absolutely need to do this to establish a work ethic and to gain job experience.

In this way, when they age out of the foster family program, they can use this job experience to present to a prospective employer at least a modest resume.

To raise the age of eligibility is merely encouraging dependence or an attitude of entitlement.

These children should be encouraged to be independent and to have a good work ethic.

We had a saying in our family that stated if you don’t work, you don’t eat and if you don’t eat, you die.

Of course, it was really a joke, especially to newcomers into our circle of friends, but I’ll tell you what, there wasn’t a lazy one in the bunch.

And, of course, no one was deprived of food.

We all worked for the common good.

I have nieces, who at age 11, can cook a meal, bake bread, make beef jerky and bake cakes and cookies and do all of the above well.

If you’re not willing to implement this mandatory work policy, there is no hope for you and perhaps it is best if you resign.

Jeannette Spooner

Osoyoos, B.C.

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