It’s no secret that training capable children who contribute to the family by doing chores is a great way to raise capable adults who can care for themselves and others in the future.
Steward at My Family’s Money wrote an article called Outsource to Your Kids Already!, last year which was very thought-provoking. We don’t pay for chores in our family, but for some families this might work well.
Should you Outsource Housework to Your Kids?
I give my kids chores and believe that they are capable of a lot more than is thought in our society. My toddler has helped to put his toys away before bedtime since he was 10 months old! Does everyone train their children this young? Probably not. “Chores for kids” is an often hotly-debated topic for parents, with many different approaches that work well. Every family has their way, and of course we all do what we think works the best.
So let’s ask the readers: Do you pay your kids allowance for chores? What chores do you expect them to be responsible for? Do they have more chores in the summertime than during the school year? Does their helping out make your workload easier or harder? Let us know in the comments below!