Thursday, January 19, 2012

Let's Talk Chores

Do your kids do chores? Do you pay them?

Our kids do chores and we don't pay them. 
I don't feel like I should have to pay them for normal household daily responsibilities. Just my 2cents. I want them to grow and learn things in a way that will benefit them in "their" live. What good would paying them for chores do in their home simply because when they get their own home(grown) its not going to happen. However they still need to clean and be responsible for their area. I don't want to teach them wrong. I don't want to give them false impressions of adulthood. 

On the other hand they are children. I don't work them hard either. I rotate what they have to do every 2 weeks that way they can learn life skills. I found a wonderful chore chart paper pad from Dollar General and have used it since. However DS2 has a picture chore chart because he still can't read. I want him to know by looking so he is dependent upon himself for his chores and responsibilities.

This is DS2 chore chart. The sticks are to show what he has completed.

We have tried many different ways in our home to get to a point where everyone works together and understands what is expected of them. They are still children and still have to be reminded its chore time, but this system works for us. Don't get me wrong we have paid them and we have worked for rewards with MUCH headache. So after giving them that chance we stopped and just came to an understanding that we didn't want to pay them to begin with and once it didn't work anyway we felt it was the right way for us to go.

Every child is different and every household is too. This is what works for us in our home with our children. 
So what works for you??



  1. Our kids do have chores every day. If they are diligent with them they get allowance. If they are not-it gets withheld and they have to do them anyway. Dd asked if she could do extra things-not required in her regular chores and get more money. So I agreed-it really takes alot off me that she is willing to take on so much more-and have a great attitude about it. Ds would not agree to do the amount of work she was doing for the price. So he gets less. (But I do agree-I never got paid for doing chores or being part of a family.) But there are things my kids want and I refuse to buy-so I thought this was a good way they could earn them.

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  2. I believe that "chores" are part of what make a home function. When you strive to impress upon them the value of family then it means we all pitch in without expections. The end result is learning to lift up and support your family.

    Some day they will be grown and times will come upon them. They will know they have a family to depend upon. I cannot tell you how many times my adult children have come to each others rescue and ask--what can I do to help.

    So G and F do have tasks to get completed in the home along with everyone. They do not get paid but they do get appreciated for all they do to help.

  3. Our kids have standard chores that they are required to do as contributing members of the family. It they'd like to earn money they are welcome to do extra chores for money but only after they're regular chores are completed. We use the Accountable Kids method for tracking.


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