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  1. Great thoughts, Lila. We have 6 children and don’t pay them to do chores. They are responsible for helping the house run smoothly, but I admit I’m not great at keeping them on task. There aren’t many chores that we pay them for, but we will offer some jobs occasionally (stacking wood, cleaning out the chicken coop, washing the car).
    Our kids are expected to get their money mostly from jobs outside the home. A few of our kids are better at that than others. My teenagers buy their own clothes, make up, and extras. When they ask for something other than a basic need, they usually ask us to get it for their birthday or for Christmas.
    Sometimes our kids might wish we were like their friends’ families and buy everything for them. But they don’t spend much time arguing about it because it’s just the way it is. “Mom and Dad don’t hand out money.” As a result, they’ve become pretty creative in finding ways to get what they want. They all love hand-me-downs, bargain shopping, and DIY projects. I really enjoy seeing how excited they get when they buy or make something themselves.

  2. I think setting the rule that parents don’t just hand out money, is a great way to see how kids can be creative and find ways to earn their own. It also stops the sense of entitlement that many children have today. Thanks for your comment, great to have you here at Mum On A Mission!

  3. Good topic and one which we often talk about in our home. We do ask the children to do chores and most are unpaid. Sometimes, we may feel generous and give them a small amount of money if they have done something really well or achieved something. We encourage them to save that money for their holidays. they love changing that to Euros or dollars at the airport. It teaches them about world currency and makes them savvy about spending their money. They need to realise how far the money stretches.

  4. Hi Mina , thank for your comment, yes it’s really important to teach children about currency and how to spread their spending, especially on holiday!

  5. Emma

    Love this! We have four children and all four help around the house. They’re aged between two and nine. It’s vital for children to understand how a house is run and the work it takes to keep a house clean. They won’t live at home forever and I need to know as a parent that my children can survive and keep a house on their own one day. We’re teaching them important life skills. I really believe independence in children is very important. We do not pay for them doing chores as no adult I know of gets paid for general housework and children need to be aware of that. And sadly I couldnt afford to pay them. They do however get praised and told how much their contribution is appreciated and very much beneficial.

  6. Hi Emma, absolutely agree with this! Life skills are so often overlooked in our academically minded world. Thanks for your comment, it’s great to have you here! Lila

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