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Should children be paid for doing chores?

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Debbie Clay
Debbie Clay
23 hours ago

We grew up with regular chores that were expected and compensation with money was not provided. My first jobs started with a paper route and then babysitting for neighbors. However my parents understood that until we were mature and responsible enough to hold these type jobs outside the home, we wanted to make some money to buy things at a much younger age. They would provide us with opportunities to make a little money with non-routine tasks that they could supervise.

R Quinn
R Quinn
2 months ago

I think it’s a mix of obligations around the home and pay for certain jobs beyond the routine. Helping shovel a large snowfall would qualify for some pay, walking the dog not. When I ran a small business from home I paid the children to stuff, sort and stamp mailings. Also depends on if there is an allowance or not. No allowance may qualify some pay for chores.

Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert
3 months ago

I think it’s a terrible idea. In a family, we are obligated to each other simply because we are family, not because we get something in exchange.

BenefitJack
BenefitJack
3 months ago

Up to each parent. However, sometimes, learning everyday skills about maintenance around the house may be its own reward. Some of those skills can be transferred into wage-earning (performing those services for others). And, with wages comes the opportunity for additional learning on managing money – and potentially, long term wealth from investing (such as in a Child IRA).

Roboticus Aquarius
Roboticus Aquarius
3 months ago

I think the answer depends as much on the child as the parent.

My oldest has never been motivated by money.

My youngest liked how money made him feel grown-up, but once he had a few dollars in his pocket, he too didn’t care.

For us the only answer had to be that chores were not compensated. Additional tasks were.

Our kids also didn’t spend much. We gave them an allowance for a while, but that ended in their early teens. If there was something they really wanted that was expensive, we usually worked out a way to share the cost, so they had skin in the game. I think our situation would have looked very different if our kids had different personalities and motivations.

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