On Wednesday night at cubs I was doing some "badge work" with various cubs. Our cubs work through three stages of boomerangs - bronze, silver and gold - and each have 14 different sections that the cubs need to complete.
I was reading this section out to the cub, to ask her if she has done anything in this area (this cub, by the way, is 9 years old):
"Demonstrate that you know how to do cleaning around the home, such as vacuuming, sweeping, washing up and cleaning the bathroom."
As I was reading it out - and the girl was shaking her head at each point - her mother came into the room (on some other errand), and said "What?".
I passed the book to the mother to show her what it said and her response was:
"I have a cleaner. Why should my daughter do cleaning if I don't?"
This may have been a rhetorical question by I was so stunned I sort of spluttered:
"Um, because maybe when she moves out of home and can't afford a cleaner she will need to know how to do these things."
Now I have heard of people not getting their kids to do chores before but I have never met anyone who actually lived that. I mean to be 9 years old and never swept?!? or done the dishes?!? To me that is very scary.