Should Kids Be Paid for Chores?

“The Right Way to Give Allowance” in our May 2013 issue has sparked quite a debate. In the story, we said you shouldn’t pay kids for their regular household chores because it won’t teach them a positive work ethic. Research has shown that linking a responsibility (chores) to a reward (allowance) might make your child expect compensation for any task, rather than embracing his member-of-the-household duties. However, we noted that it’s perfectly acceptable to pay kids for jobs that go above and beyond their normal workload. Do you agree that an allowance shouldn’t be tied to chores? Take our poll below!


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