Asking your kids to complete chores around the house can teach them valuable lessons. Kids need to learn what it means to work hard and be responsible as they complete weekly tasks.
There are also lessons to be learned when parents commit to paying kids for chores that go beyond weekly responsibilities. Let’s consider how kids can grow when parents offer payment for additional chores.
Why Parents Should Consider Paying Kids for Chores That Go Beyond Normal Responsibilities
Last time, I talked about how important chores are for the emotional wellbeing of your kids. Today, I want to talk to you about actually paying your kids for some of their work. As kids get older, they need to understand the connection between work and reward. Determine the chores that need to be done simply because your kids are part of the family—like making the bed or taking out the trash—and the chores that you determine merit payment.
Having Junior prepare dinners for a week could be one of these paying gigs. Or maybe it is painting the porch, cleaning out the gutters, pulling weeds, or washing the car. Whatever it is, your kids will build a work ethic, grow in character, and have money in their pockets—all while preparing them to be valuable assets in the adult, real-world economy.
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