We were all kids once! But depending on where you live in the world, this can be quite a different experience. In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about the stuff that Canadian kids have to do, like chores, and the stuff that kids mostly want do, like the activities their parents sign them up for. They also talk about their own Canadian childhoods and reminisce about Saturday morning cartoons and playing hide-and-go-seek on their neighbourhood streets.
Expressions included in the learning materials
- You guys
- A chore
- To get on someone’s case
- To have it easy
- A silly goose
- A latchkey kid
- To not be your thing
- Brownies and Girl Guides
- Not a single kid
- To sign up for something
- I spy
- A distant memory
- Youth is wasted on the young
- The grass is always greener on the other side
Harp: Today we’re doing a Chatterbox episode, and that’s where chat. We talk about current events, cultural things, and from time to time we interview people.
Maura: Right. So today we’re going to chat about a topic that everyone has experienced, and that is childhood.
Harp: Yes. We’re gonna start with talking about things that we had to do: after school chores, things like that.
Maura: And then we’re gonna talk about activities that we were involved in or that you could be involved in when you’re a kid.
Harp: And then we’re gonna talk about what we did in our free time and what kids do in their free time here in North America.
Maura: All right. So, let’s first start with things that kids have to do.
Harp: Well for me, I had to do the chores. I had to vacuum once a week. I had to do the dishes every day with my sisters. What about you?
Maura: To be honest, I didn’t have very many chores to do. Sometimes I would have to clean the bathroom or help with the dishes, but one thing that my mom always got on our case about was cleaning our bedrooms.
Harp: I feel jealous when I hear stories like yours. I had to do the chores. I had no choice. Every week we had to vacuum, clean the bathroom. Our rooms had to be clean every day, we did the dishes every day after dinner, all the time. I can’t believe you had it so easy for chores.
Maura: You know, when I think back though, I don’t think I was very good at cleaning. I remember back when my mom would tell me to clean my room, that I would start cleaning, I would close the door, but when my mom would come up a few hours later, my room was still messy. I was just having fun looking through my things, trying on clothes. I didn’t organize very well.
Harp: Oh Maura, such a silly goose. I love it.
Maura: Did you get money for your chores?
Harp: That’s the other thing. No, I did not get money for doing my chores. My parents always said to us, “What, we’re gonna pay you to do the work that you’re supposed to do?”
Maura: They do have a point, but many kids do get money for helping around the house. So if they are cleaning a room or vacuuming or doing the dishes, their parents might give them a certain amount of money for that.
Harp: You know, I have a friend and his weekly chore was that he was supposed to mow the lawn, like cut the grass outside, and his dad would pay him. I think it was something like he would pay him 25 dollars a week to do this. But my friend didn’t want to do it, so he would pay another kid younger than him to do it for ten dollars a week.
Maura: Oh my gosh. That’s kind of sad. Harp: But kind of smart at the same time.