Middle Ages my @zz.. I did pleanty of labor to help the family when I was a kid. Might not have drawn a paycheck but work pleanty I did. I see nothing wrong with this pattern. Children should earn their keep by helping out around the house. Builds character and keeps them out of trouble. Teaches values and a strong work ethic. Too much molly coddling going on these days. Everyone so worried about hurting the childs feelings or something. About time we get over ourselves and start teaching our kids about life.