Parenting Hack: How To Pay Kids For Chores

27 thoughts on “Parenting Hack: How To Pay Kids For Chores”

  1. My daughter loves the blind bags too (Shopkins, Gross-ery gang, Lego, etc), and I have a hard time letting her buy them. She’s 7, and I know she should have some say in how her money is spent, but I’ve been encouraging her to maybe save up to buy something better. She’s not there yet, but I’m here to encourage! 🙂

  2. Love this video Ashley! I was never given an allowance growing up but my husband was. It is so shocking to see how different our spending habits ended up being when we got together as teenagers. I had never learned the value of money and was a total spendthrift. I had never had a job and could ask my parents if I ever needed money (of course they’d tell me no sometimes). Whereas my husband was given an allowance from the time he was 5 years old and he is so frugal. I will definitely be utilizing some of your tips when my son is old enough!

  3. What a great way to do this! When my kids were little, we used the coin system…. and it did NOT work. They just couldn’t grasp the concept! You are doing very well here!!!

  4. I could hardly wait until you try teaching them about the dreaded tax on items… hope you can video tape the whole teaching process with them learning how to calculate it!

  5. my parents gave us an allowance, $.50 a week when i was little(in the 80s).  we each had a set of age-appropriate chores, like setting the table, pouring drinks with dinner(milk, water, etc), putting away the folded laundry, feeding the cat, little things like that.  whats interesting is how my sister managed her money/allowance was completely opposite than how i did; she would spend every cent she had, whereas i saved and saved, and as adults, we have not changed at all, lol!  i can squeeze a nickel, and she is constantly spending, and thus complaining of her credit card debt, while i have no debt but my mortgage.  giving kids an allowance and requiring them to participate in the management of the household teaches them to be responsible, contributing members of a family.  obv, some ppl go too far, but generally, its a great way to teach kids to be responsible and to help them ffeel a sense of accomplishment after completing their chores.  also, you have to teach your kids to take care of themselves…ever meet a guy who never did a single load of laundry in his life?  or a girl who never washed a pan?  not attractive qualities, i must say.

  6. i never pay my children for chores, doing chores is not just mom’s responsibility; they live in the house they should take care of it.

  7. I completely agree with paying kids for chores because it does teach them they have to work for their money. I am a developmental therapist and I work in home with parents and their kids. The way I’ve taught parents to enforce that sometimes you have to do work you won’t get paid for, ie cleaning your own house, is that kids do not get paid for keeping their room clean. I really liked your visual photos and the dollar where they can see them. Great idea, thanks Ashley!

  8. My daughter is 17 now. She always had some chores (keeping her room neat, picking up her own toys, clearing her dishes from the table) that she had to do just because she was part of the family, basically anything that was just her own. Then she had chores, such as dusting, helping to vacuum etc that she was paid for weekly. Then, sometimes, there were extra chores (tidy the linen closet, clean out the fridge etc.) that she could do to make extra money. I think your way of doing it is great and it really does teach them about money as long as you stick to it and don’t give them extra beyond what they’ve earned. (other than for holdiays’etc)

  9. We have been doing that since our kids were little. They are now 18 & 16 and they have a much better grasp of financial responsibility than any of their friends. We used to have a home store. I never bought anything for them other that bday & xmas — so when they saw something they liked I would buy it and put it in our home store and they had to save their money until they could buy it from me. It worked great! We have always made them save 40% & tithe 10% of what they made, leaving 50% for spending. We still pay them for chores, but now the spending portion pays for their phones & phone service first and then they can keep what is left. And the saving portion all this time means they have saved a lot! Now they are getting their first jobs and are still saving 40% & tithing 10%.

  10. my kids have certain chores they are required to do daily as the chore is needed. They have the option to do additional things extra to earn money. I feel this teaches them they have to do work to make money, but also that they have to do chores because it’s just part of life to clean up after yourself.

  11. Thanks for sharing, this teaches such important skills and provides heaps of opportunities for the girls to practise them. When they are older, how will you approach taking away the rewards? And what age would you do this?
    (Also you are parent goals! 😍 I’m only 19, but you are such a good parenting role model for when I have kids one day, (as well as inspiring in general!) thank you!)
    ….AND the pretend money! what a good activity!

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