Friday, March 18, 2011

PIN MONEY FROM CHILD BOARDERS; part 3; by Ethel E. Beach; 1930

I consider that half of the board money is clear profit. The egg, butter, milk, chickens, vegetables, and fruit are produced on the farm, and are being disposed of at a very high price under this plan.

If a person has just one room she can easily care for four children by placing two beds in one room, or, better still, four single beds. The children would consider this a real privilege to all be together. All my beds are single ones. In the matter of charges, while one could charge more than one dollar per day, she probably would get less business, and would prohibit a great deal of repeat business, which is an important factor. Or she could charge less and still make money. However, one dollar per day seems fair to both parties, and is intended to cover the extra trouble of looking after the deportment and general welfare of the child, which would not be required for an adult boarder. In the matter of laundry, one dollar extra per week will amply cover the expense and labor for the average child who is dressed suitably for an outing in the country. When a child stays two weeks or more there is almost certain to be a laundry charge.

I have three children who have remained with me over two years now. I take entire care of them and send them to school. I make a straight charge of one dollar per day including laundry. I make this difference because they are steady boarders. Two of these children belong to a traveling man who lost his wife. Being out of town so much he desired to place them in a safe home. Needless to say, I have tried to be a real mother to these little helpless ones. The third child belongs to a lady who lost her husband. She could not go from home to earn a living without leaving the child alone, and she could not earn enough at home. Finally she placed the child, a little girl, with me. I have given this little one every care. I even taught her to pray, and made little dresses for her. Next week this child will return to her mother who, recently re-married, needs no longer be parted from her baby. So one will note that there is romance to be found even in keeping child boarders.

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