PACE, Fla. (AP) — The Murset children spent their summer doing chores — just not at their own home.
Financial planner Gregg Murset and his wife Kami loaded their six children, ages 7 to 16, in the Phoenix family's RV to do volunteer work at the homes of families in need across the country. Murset said he wanted to combat the mindset of the "entitled generation" one chore at a time.
"I think they initially thought, 'Dad, the chore thing has gone too far, you know, you are crazy.' But as we started reading stories about the people we were going to go serve, it all started to jell for them. They saw the bigger picture," Murset said on a recent morning as the family did chores at the home of Nicole and Todd Blancheri in the Florida Panhandle town of Pace.
Eight-year-old son Wyatt Blancheri has Hurler syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that progressively damages his organs and brain. Because Wyatt's parents are often busy with his medical needs, household chores like cleaning the fish tank, vacuuming, mowing the lawn and washing the car sometimes go undone.
The Blancheris watched as the Mursets pulled ladders, hoses and other cleaning supplies from the RV and set to work both inside and outside their home.
"They are doing a lot of those chores that we just honestly don't have time to do," Nicole Blancheri said. "It means a lot to us that they have so generously donated their time to help us out."
Adam Murset, 11, mowed the Blancheris' lawn and helped wash their car.
Adam said he wasn't thrilled when his dad first proposed spending the summer doing chores for others. But he said meeting children like Wyatt and doing work at Ronald McDonald Houses around the country has been a good experience.
The reward in helping families like the Blancheris is about giving back or sharing their earnings with people who need help, Murset explained.
"The next generation thinks 'We are entitled to whatever we want.' Not in my house," said Murset.
For instance, Murset — who has a parenting website — recommends requiring a child to work for the privilege of having a cellphone.