Oh goodness, we’re heading into a hot topic here! But, we’re brave and we’re bold and we’ll take it on!
In all honesty, this is definitely one of the most widely debated parenting topics out there since the beginning of time no doubt, so let’s take a dive in and tackle this head on!
So, should you pay your kids for chores? Yes or no?
Well, there is a huge amount ‘for’ and ‘against’ regarding this idea, but we’ve looked at the pros and cons, and we’re taking the stance that you should actually pay your kids to do chores! And here’s why…
Why you should pay your kids to do chores
- Whether you believe that it’s right or wrong, there are benefits to paying your kids to do chores, and there’s no doubt about that, and here we take a look at some of the reasons you should consider this approach.
- Kids learn that money doesn’t just fall off that much desired money tree. By the way, has anyone found that tree yet? If you have, please let us know. They learn that money has to be earned. It’s not a weekly hand out which they’re entitled to, they learn to understand the connection between work and money. They’ll think about the fact that if they do something good, they may get a bit of money, and if they don’t, well tough luck for them. So, in essence, what we’re talking about here is that fact that it needs to be clear in their minds that they have to do something to achieve something – no work, no money! Simple.
- Another reason ‘for’ this approach is that they can have money when they work for it, but also that they can either spend it, or they can save it. If they spend it, it goes quickly and they don’t get that much prized possession they’re after. So, after the $6 spending spree, they just might realise that saving is the answer! And let’s face it, this is a good lesson everyone to learn. Ah, a nice batch of saved money – very nice indeed. You’re planting the seed that by saving that $6, it can add up quickly and they can get that gadget they’ve been longing for. Not a bad lesson, is it?
- So, you’ve no doubt heard that ‘money is the root of all evil’, but it’s actually an effective motivator for kids. If you think about your own working life, yes happiness and satisfaction do play a huge role, but that increase or fat bonus for work well done is certainly going to have you feeling pretty good. So, if your kids are working at home, cleaning the backyard, mopping, dusting furniture or washing the cars, why shouldn’t they be given a financial reward?
- If you want a little entrepreneur, which in all honesty is a great trait for kids, then rewarding them for hard work, helping them to save and coming up with new ideas of how they can make money, will all go a long way in stimulating them to think like a highly successful entrepreneur. Let them sell things, or tell them they can buy lemons with their money and make lemonade to watch their money grow. They can even ask for extra chores around the house that aren’t part of their normal chores. Business skills at their best!
- But, it’s not all about them making money for themselves – you should teach them about the value in helping other people in need, or even animals in need. Teaching them to share their hard earned money in this way, will create a sense of well-being and empathy for the rest of their lives! And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
So, we’ve looked at the benefits, and quite frankly, in our eyes, they are pretty convincing. We think that kids should be paid to do chores to teach them some life lessons that will stay with them forever.
What are your thoughts? Are you for or against the idea of paying kids for chores?