Chores — To Pay Or Not to Pay August 29, 2012
Do your kids do chores? And if they do, do you pay them for their services? In our house, we figure everyone needs to contribute to maintaining the homestead in a community sorta way, and so we don’t pay our children (who are 9 and 11) to wash dishes, take out and bring back in the trash cans, and complete the minimal jobs we ask them to do. But they want to earn money, and we believe it’s a good experience for them to collect some cash and determine how to use it wisely; that’s why we’ve started offering them an allowance of no more than $5 per week for good behavior, cooperation, kindness, and initiative (which means emptying the trash when it’s full instead of teetering a paper plate on top, washing the cups and plates that stack up in the middle of the day and not at the designated after-dinner scheduled time, and changing the toilet paper when all that’s left is cardboard). There’s no $5 guarantee; in fact, our boys have not yet been gifted the full five. We do hope, though, that a week of near-perfect conduct is on its way so we can pay top dollar. We also hope that what we’re doing is a wise step in the direction of teaching our kiddos about life. What do you think?