Carrie was about the age of a first grader in this episode, and yet it appears that every time she asks to help, Caroline turns her away and tells her to just go play. A child that age is certainly old enough to help out around the farm, and in that time period, it was important for all the adults and children to do their share. It's unrealistic, then, that Carrie would still be portrayed as too young to help with chores, especially in light of the fact that Charles was gone, and Caroline could have really used an extra pair of hands. And didn't Caroline just say in an earlier scene that when Charles was away, she got so tired with all the extra work she had to take on? Why, then, couln't she find something for the child to do?