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Chores!

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Very few people enjoy doing chores around the house. However, we all know that they must be done. Kids living in the age of George Washington had chores to do to help their family every day. The chores were different for different kids. Kids living on a farm may have had jobs that a child living in the city did not have. Children from poor families may have jobs to do that children in wealthy families would never have.

Some of the things kids did back then may be just like chores that you do today. Unlike today, many of the kids in Colonial times did not get paid or get an allowance for doing chores, but had to work like everyone else in the house to "earn their keep." In other words, they worked in order to eat, have a nice place to sleep, and help their families.

See how many of these activities you do to help at home: