I think chores are one of my failures as a father.
When I was growing up I did a fair bit to help around the house. Karen and I took it in turns to set the table and dry the dishes when we were little tackers and during State School days I also had the job of cleaning and polishing everyones shoes before we left for school.
When I got old enough to use the lawn mower, I was pushing that around the yard once a fortnight and I can remember helping Mum paint the inside of the house or hang wall paper and one summer I painted the entire outside of the house perched up on a rickety home made ladder.
When Mum went back to work around the time I was finishing State School I also started to help with the interior house work, vacuuming and polishing the floors. I don't remember being over taxed with any of that at the time, it was simply part of life and it earnt me some pocket money which I could then spend on comics. It was a good deal.
But when I had my own kids I realise now that I probably made things a bit too easy for them. I can't actually remember them helping me out off their own bat. They helped sometimes when I asked but it always seemed a bit reluctantly. So I failed them I think, by being weak and not insisting they pay their own way a bit more.
What about the rest of you? If you have kids did they help out? Was it something forced upon them or was it done with good grace and with a genuine desire to help you out?