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We've got a 12 yr old boy that I have help me with simple yard work, but I honestly believe I'd save about an hour if I did it all myself.
We've got a pretty big yard and I use a riding mower, but there's one little area I can't get to so I have him use the push mower to do it. He rarely does it well, so now I have him come get me when he "thinks" he's done. Of course, I end up having to point out all the areas he missed.
Then he cuts some more and comes and gets me. Samething happens... and so it continues until he finally finishes.
Now you have to remember that I'm usually still doing the front yard so I have to stop, walk way-way back in the back yard each time. What a PITA!
That's followed by a couple of very simple, 5-10 minutes things to do with many, many, many breaks in between which means those things can last another hour or so with me having to stop and check on them when he "thinks" he's done.
If I don't have him outside, all he'll want to do is sloth around his room watching tv. No self-respecting father can do that now, can he?
So I waste an hour of time walking back and forth checking on the little punk when I could be zipping around the yard for a little while and then in the house slothing around my own tv.
The things we do for our kids.
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Yeah, but he's a "good helper"...lol If you didn't have him help you, he would grow up not knowing how to take care of a yard/house very well. I hate letting my daughter (2 in October) just sit there in front of the TV, but when you just need to get something done right then, that you can't possibly have them "help" with, you do what you have to do.