MaryAnn asks…

I am curious to know if the Amish women ever wear make-up?

I cannot speak for all Amish women since each one is their own individual person, but from my experience most Amish women do not wear make-up. The reason is because make-up is put on for vanity, and we are to be humble. Make-up is to enhance your features, which doesn’t lead to a humble heart. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t look to man’s appearance but at the heart. Psalms 147:10-11. Another reason might be that make-up is an unnecessary expense in time and money.

Sara asks…

At what age do girls learn to iron, wash, cook, etc? Are boys taught these things too or are they considered women’ s work?

Most Amish girls begin to learn the basics of washing, ironing and cooking around nine or ten years of age. Most do not do these tasks alone until they are a bit older.

Helping Mother with the work begins when children are small. Helping wash dishes or other simple chores at four or five years of age, then adding chores with more responsibility as the development of the child progresses is good training. It is part of helping children grow up into healthy, productive adults. Teaching a good work ethic is important for the child’s future.

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