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By jasminejzhu - / Sunday 14 April 2013 09:58 / Australia
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I knew the concept of responsibility when I was 9! when I was 10 I was ten I was at least able to cook eggs in a couple ways. my mom worked nights and was always exhausted. she still cooked most of the time but on the rare occasions she didn't, I was able to step up. kids today are too over babied. so glad I'm not growing up with this generation

FYL for living close enough to your mother in law that she can knock on your door without buying a plane ticket first.

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I knew the concept of responsibility when I was 9! when I was 10 I was ten I was at least able to cook eggs in a couple ways. my mom worked nights and was always exhausted. she still cooked most of the time but on the rare occasions she didn't, I was able to step up. kids today are too over babied. so glad I'm not growing up with this generation

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It would be sad to let kids be so ignorant at 11. They can learn responsibility and about hardships in life at a much earlier age, as do many kids that are 9-10 years old that live in poor neighborhoods and learn the meaning of money, work, and taking care of each other.

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She/he should at least be able to pour herself milk and cereal, or make a sandwich. My 9 year old sister can do those things.

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My mum used to work crazy long hours as a doctor, so I learned to fend for myself. I even used to make meals for my younger siblings when my parents were too tired. Kids of this generation are spoiled and lazy.

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I was cooking for myself at 10 so I taught my kids early too. When their friends are over, my kids cook for them too, I don't.

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#59 no need to be snotty. People are raising a valid point; an 11 year old should understand that when Mom is exhausted, she can fix her own dinner, even if it's just something simple. If you don't understand the concept of self-sufficiency, perhaps you've never gotten the memo that you really aren't the center of the universe.

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Calm down 65, it was a joke/reference based on the fact that the commenters examples were getting younger and more independent/helpful each time. It doesn't mean she doesn't understand/agree with what was being said and it doesn't mean she was being sarcastic or something.

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How long are other peoples naps? I am lucky to get an hour nap. Why complain about a couple hour nap? Isn't that just called "sleep"?

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Important thing to remember: for something to really be a joke, EVERYONE in the room should be laughing. If it was so funny, why did it wind up buried?

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#67 - OR the child could have just woken her mother up... I don't understand the mindset of a child that would choose to ring their grandmother to complain that their mother wasn't cooking dinner, instead of waking their mother up, or even calling her father if she felt the need to phone someone. It does sound bratty.

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"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime."

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When I was 9 my parents got me a cookbook. I learned how to make eggs and French toast. If this girl is 11 and can't make her own food...

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#67 - Not everyone can afford to have a 9-5 job Monday through Friday. There are those of us who have to work opposite shifts from our spouses just to make ends meet since child care is so costly. Maybe grandma could help out and take the kids for a few hours on the weekends.

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26 - She's 11, not 1. She's more than capable of making herself a quick snack: cereal, instant noodles, canned soup, eggs, etc. it's not that difficult

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Most parents don't want their children cooking when they're not supervising. Cereal is fine, but operating an oven, I'm not so sure about. I think people need to keep in mind that more than just 'this generation' or whatever does stuff like this.

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I just love how the voting system works for this site (Sarcasm). He meant within the time the parent was sleeping grandma could have baked some cookies.

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#26 - having driven home many many times barely conscious (due to having to make ends meet) after working the overnight shift at my job I almost always got woken up by my wife while I was sleeping in the car in the driveway since my body would force me to sleep due to exhaustion. try staying awake for 36 hours straight and you will see what I mean.

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He could be working opposite shifts as the mum. A lot of families do that so they don't have to worry about child care, and judging by the kids response I don't think she's left alone often.

Damn. That brat is not going to get anywhere in life being lazy and not knowing how to cook for herself. Sorry, OP

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#10) I love how you have so many votes 'up' for what you said when #4 basically said the same thing you just re-worded it and he got his berried in bad votes. (Don't mind the bad spellin'/grammer i still get my point 'cross).

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Most comments I've read have been about whether the mum should've been asleep and whether the child should have called. Care to share what the point of the fml is if not either of those two?

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Gotta keep snacks in the cupboard next time. An 11 years old is old enough to find something to eat on their own, unless you're the type of parent that'll get mad for snacking before dinner because it'll spoil their appetite. Hope your in-law had some grandma/grandchild bonding and took the kid out for dinner while you went back to sleep.

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The kid should be able to feed her self until her mom wakes up. I had to take up so many responsibilities when I was 7 because my moms health. An 11 year old can at least make cereal or a sandwich

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