Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kids, Chores & Money

Image by Brittany Whitlock

There are many opinions about paying children and teens for chores.  Many people are opposed to paying for tasks that help run the family household.  Other folks use money to encourage kids to complete the tasks and compare it to getting a paycheck as an adult.  I personally don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this age-old dilemma.  I think each family has to find the method and theory that works best for them.  

Here at the Whitlock household, we have been using a combination of expected chores and optional paid jobs with our four kids for many years.   We have chores that the kids are required to do just because their last name is Whitlock.  There are other jobs that we will pay them to do when they want to earn extra money.  The assignment of the chores and the amount of money paid for the optional jobs will vary depending on the age of the child who is doing the task. (Our kids range in age from 8 – 18.)  

Here are the most common chores and jobs for our kids.

Expected Chores:
  • Loading and unloading dishwasher
  • Making beds
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Vacuuming
  • Clearing table
  • Laundry
  • Picking up dog poop
  • Mowing the grass
Optional Jobs:
  • Babysitting for younger siblings
  • Washing cars
  • Steam cleaning carpets or upholstery
  • Training the dog
  • Picking up pine cones
  • Washing windows
  • Pulling weeds & trimming bushes
  • Photography & artwork for this blog
How do you handle chores in your family? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.


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