Chatterbox #60 – Parents

When you were young, did your parents give you an allowance? Did you have a curfew? Parents always want the best for their kids, but raising a child is not always easy. In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about parents and everything parents have to do for their kids. We talk about rules, chores, and punishments that many Canadian parents use. We also talk about some of the crazy expressions that parents say to their children. Listen to this one if you’re a parent, or if you have one!


Expressions included in the learning materialsparents

  • To raise a child
  • Chores
  • Alotta
  • Dishwasher
  • To sleep in
  • Allowances
  • Kids and other slang terms for children
  • To ground
  • Punishments
  • Curfews
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do what I say
  • To walk uphill both ways
  • Do you think those socks are going to pick themselves up?
  • I brought you into this world, and I can take you out
  • To keep an ear out

Sample transcript

Harp: Another thing that parents do is they give an allowance.
Maura:  Right. Especially for doing chores. So, parents will give their children a certain amount of money per week and then it’s their money to do with what they want. So they could save it, or they could spend it. And that’s called an allowance.
Harp: So often times in families, when kids are growing up, when they do their chores, they get an allowance and the amount would depend on the family.
Maura: I probably don’t even know what kids get nowadays but I would say maybe $20 a week or something?
Harp: I have no idea. I never got an allowance when I was growing up.
Maura: Yeah, me neither.
Harp: It always seemed to be so cool though. On TV I would see in shows that people would get an allowance, and I would imagine the things I would do with money.
Maura: So right, children do chores, sometimes they get allowances, and then they also possibly get into trouble.

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