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Poll From: 08/16/2013

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Should children be paid to complete chores at home? Submitted By Katiepops77,
Yes.
No.
Depends on the task.
I'm not sure.
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cygnus47
on 09/04/13
I am one, so yes, DEFINITELY!
coolmom2012
on 08/27/13
they are part of the family and family helps one another out
Moja43
on 08/21/13
aracelyrazzless liked this  
Chores, maybe not, but jobs that require more work/effort or time deserve money. Its the "Hard work pays off" lesson.
leftarkansas2
on 08/19/13
HopefulGJL23 and 1 others liked this  
Only to each them the responsibility of earning and value of money, not as a reward system.
teddj
on 08/19/13
dc5523 and 2 others liked this  
Only since they can't have a real job. There should be a way that kids can regularly earn money for doing work around the house.
Zydabird
on 08/19/13
beverlyangel and 2 others liked this  
I was never paid to do my regular chores growing up. What little money I had, I earned on my own through extra tasks. Thinking back on my friends growing up, who had allowances, they spent money left and right. I think NOT having an allowance was what taught me to be responsible with money. It was (and is) something of value, not a mere convenience to be tossed around at will.
I never felt that my work wasn't appreciated in the home. A simple "thank you" was enough.
superjessie
on 08/16/13
LovelyGal2012 and 2 others liked this  
I was never paid, I think children should be paid..
ragingkitten
on 08/17/13
I never got paid either, and my parents were slave drivers. My six year old just started learning to do more around the house and we discussed a $10 a month allowance. I think it is as much about feeling like your work is valued as it is the money.
Helmsbusla
on 08/17/13
aracelyrazzless liked this  
When it came to things you do all through your life, like cleaning the house, taking out the garbage, we were never paid for it, as an adult you don't get paid to do it. But extra things like mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway and sidewalks, we would get paid for that and then some because we would go around and ask the neighbors who didn't have kids if they would like theirs cleaned.
CogitoErgoSum
on 08/17/13
actually had to work for the money I earned.
CogitoErgoSum
on 08/17/13
GeniusTrophyWife and 2 others liked this  
Families that can afford to compensate their children may see this differently. I was never paid to make good grades, clean my room or help out around the house by cooking and cleaning. I'm an only child and it was expected of me that in my parents absence, they made the money and I did chores and did my school work. I was rewarded by "thank you's" and "great job". Having my parents respect is more valuable than any amount of money. I don't agree with paying for a child to do chores they'll have to do the rest of their lives because once the incentive is gone, what will motivate them? They have to want to do things and help others because not only is it the right thing to do but someday they might have to ask for help and if someone helping them expects a reward they are unable to provide, they won't be very happy if they can't afford to compensate that person. That's just how I was raised and I learned the value of a dollar because I
Beckybec
on 08/17/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
I feel it helps them be responsible , it's kinda like having a job . This is how I was brought up .
Honeybeeand2ks
on 08/17/13
GeniusTrophyWife and 7 others liked this  
Everyone who lives in a house should be expected to contribute to upkeep in one form or another. This is called being responsible. As a grown up you do not get paid for keeping house but it is expected. Same as you do not get paid for personal hygiene but it is expected. Now if you would pay someone to clean your gutters or cut your lawn and your child does it and does it correctly, then yes you should pay them a fair wage. When you pay your children for picking up after themselves, who will pay them when they are grown?
dbh777
on 08/17/13
Yes, very well put!:-)
Plus research and human nature over time show that extrinsic rewards will not keep someone truly satisfied and on course with what is right. INTRINSIC "rewards" are more likely to produce longer lasting and deeply learned, positive results. (Just like in school when kids are being rewarded extrinsically, the good effect doesn't last. They rarely perform if the reward is not continued. ie no inner, long lasting change.)
00juls00
on 08/17/13
very well put!
helivesinme
on 08/17/13
no
OopsieDaisey
on 08/17/13
tabathamdavis liked this  
Yes everyone needs an incentive to get something done whether it is self-satisfaction but this is a great way for kids to learn responsibility and learn how money is come by. For example it comes by working not growing it on trees.
Kaylajane69
on 08/17/13
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00juls00
on 08/17/13
aracelyrazzless and 2 others liked this  
I would put 'no' except for the fact that there are some very hard jobs that some older kids would like to take on so they can earn some extra money (like painting a fence, etc.). I think there's nothing wrong with rewarding a very big project like that. But giving a child an allowance just because they do some chores and help out like a responsible member of the family should be required to do is just wrong in my opinion.
JediMobius
on 08/17/13
tabathamdavis liked this  
If it replaces an allowance, absolutely.
WrnrSwaggin
on 08/17/13
Smoopy65 liked this  
I don't think our kids should be rewarded with money completing chores that they normally should be doing, everyone lives in the home everyone should help, now, if it's a big task where it requires excessive time it is up to us (parents) to award them with something they want, (ie) games,shoes,etc. but I don't that paying them for chores is a good idea, them will get attach to money at such an early age.
AmandaDiLullo
on 08/17/13
aracelyrazzless and 2 others liked this  
We received an allowance if we did out chores ($10/week) BUT when we asked our parents for money for that new toy, they told us "You got your allowance". So it taught us to save up for things we wanted and we had to earn stuff - not saying they never bought us stuff, but it taught us responsibility and to learn the value of a dollar.
lizandkev1965
on 08/17/13
tootee22 liked this  
No
iGving
on 08/17/13
if they do work around the home it a good start to teach them money wise! I think so!
hblack4d
on 08/17/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
We were paid an allowance of spending money that was for us to save and spend. Stopped us from nickel and diming at the stores, etc. We were also expected to do chores not attributed to the spending money. I remember the last argument with my mom while in high school over cleaning an art deco tiled bathroom with a toothbrush every Saturday. I was given the choice of 1 hour in the bathroom with a toothbrush or 4 hours with my dad working in the yard. I ran out the back door and told my dad I was now with him for 4 hours on Saturdays. He was shocked, but quickly recovered and began giving me set tasks as well as other tasks as needed to maintain a huge (to me) yard. LOL! I never looked back!
JuliaFaraday
on 08/17/13
aracelyrazzless and 1 others liked this  
My parents couldn't afford to give me an allowance. Besides, why should I get paid to do things I should do anyway?
PoopooSwaggar
on 08/16/13
Ilovesparky13 and 1 others liked this  
cheese!
Jayesper
on 08/17/13
screw your rbst! :P
Ednaw84
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 and 3 others liked this  
I think allowance is a good thing it motivates kids and teaches them the value of money. I used to get $5 a week for chores. Like washing dishes and stuff like that.
bnewell2799
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 and 3 others liked this  
I agree. Giving them a little something to teach them. Especially to teach them how to save for something they want. I think it's a little ridiculous when some kids get paid like $25-30 a week for chores but like $5-$10 I think is reasonable :)
hallie98765
on 08/16/13
Ilovesparky13 and 3 others liked this  
NO! children should not get payed to do stuff around the house, my mom always said that you dont get payed when you are an adult so y should u as a kid. kids dont need money, there parents pay for everything.
Jayesper
on 08/17/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
But that creates a sense of dependence that can continue to linger. Of course you don't get paid to do those things as an adult--you're at the top of the food chain in that environment and aren't so limited in activities! Kids need encouragement, whether it's that or something they understand more that may as well be currency they would probably use up anyway.

I say let them work for a better allowance! (Better yet try to get them to help around the neighborhood / community!)
Jenniweird
on 08/16/13
.-.
majormanafemale
on 08/16/13
rosepassions liked this  
Pay tjem for doing good in school that's their job chores should be done to help the family out
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
Smoopy65 and 3 others liked this  
i agree they should help around the house, i dont understand
paying them for going to school n getting good grades. You said
it right, its their job. Its all they have to do and its expected
by us as parents as well as the state. Why should we pay them
for doing what the laws require of them? Im not arguing, am just curious
about your viewpoint on the topic. thx!
elfennau
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 3 others liked this  
I can understand the viewpoint. People get paid for doing their jobs. Housework is something that simply has to be done as a part of living.
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
Smoopy65 and 1 others liked this  
i just cant wrap my head around being paid for schoolwork; i said before that kids live up to or down to our
expectations. i expect good grades therefore i have now a 16 yr old that can graduate highschool
tomm. if she wants. she will be a junior this year. she is taking all college classes now
& will graduate with a hs diploma & an AA degree. Had i paid her im not sure i would
have the same results. Kids by nature WANT to please their parents. I did like the comment you posted though
if ya check im one if your likes....lol
CaptainSpam
on 08/17/13
I'm going to call bull. While that may work well for you and your child, please don't assume that means it will work for everyone. My middle brother was the only one in my family who cared what my parents thought. My wife and her siblings were a bunch of rebellious rabble rousers (in their own ways), and out of all 6 of us, my middle brother is the only one who doesn't know what he wants to do with his life.
OrlandosBestTaxi
on 08/16/13
well besides the lemonade stand and also selling girl scout cookies or fundraising at school kids need to learn that there work does get compensated with some cold hard cash at the end of the week to instill a work ethic and also responsibility as parents delegate the homes workload of chores which are pretty easy but tedious to a kid.
RoselaLi
on 08/16/13
Monkey11111 liked this  
I, when I was a kid, was payed to babysit if my parents didn't need it, but just because they want to do something fun, like a date, or if I made meals for everyone, not just myself, or if I cleaned a younger siblings room. Only under 5 counted, because once you 5, you should clean your own room, and doing it for them would just make things harder. I still have a 4 year old sister. I'm 18 as of 1 1/2 hours ago!
DreamersWish
on 08/16/13
Paid in return for doing chorus is free time to be left alone to play games yay free time :D
Radha17
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 and 16 others liked this  
I'm 16. I have never been paid for the chores I do around the house. I am payed however for chores that my dad would either do himself or hire someone to do. For instance mowing the lawn. But i think we owe so much to our parents for caring for us, bringing us up, giving us our needs and wants... the least we can do is help them!
dbh777
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Your response was like a breath of fresh air in this sad and selfish generation. (Please don't get me wrong, NOT ALL are that way, but generally are so self-absorbed)
The only thing I don't totally agree with you on is that you really DON't "owe" anyone anything--except the debt of love.
Freshmufin
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 liked this  
I totally agree. My parents always say we owe them starting from the womb! =D
vinnievu
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 and 5 others liked this  
There is hope for my generation after all.
pyromama
on 08/16/13
triathlon29 and 4 others liked this  
You sound like a level-headed, responsible 16 year old. Congrats to being raised by great parents :)
LessThanJenna
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
If it's something the kid should do anyways, like clean his room, then no.
But if it's something extra, then yeah he should get paid. It teaches kids how to work early on. It also teaches kids how to manage money they earn, and what it's like to have money you earned all on your own.
bryannag93
on 08/16/13
Jayesper liked this  
I was never paid for chores, not even an allowance. But Grandma had extra tasks (pulling weeds at their business or painting something) that she would let us do to earn money towards camp.
LsBrilliance77
on 08/16/13
MissBrookeBamBam liked this  
yes they should get paid. this will help them understand to get money, you need to work; however, sometimes you can get money without working.
hallie98765
on 08/16/13
NO! children should not get payed to do stuff around the house, my mom always said that you dont get payed when you are an adult so y should u as a kid. kids dont need money, there parents pay for everything.
morimunda
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
Well, like LsBrilliance77 said, it's to SHOW them the value of money. My parents did the same with me & I knew as child that I would not get paid for doing my own chores as an adult. But it was a good way to instill a better understanding on the value of a dollar.
Rainbowdrymouth3
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
stop replying to everyone with this.
aubday
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis liked this  
Depends on the task
diamanti
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis liked this  
Depends on the task. We don't get paid for doing laundry or dishes, because a grown person needs to do that for themselves, but we did get paid for helping family move/organize their things. Plus, my brother will do yard work to repay debts to our parents.
kitten332
on 08/16/13
your right. to each is own. thanks for ur feedback.
MissBrookeBamBam
on 08/16/13
I'm not going to pay my kids to clean their room or washing their own dishes. I would pay them to help me with mine. ;)
LizzieK
on 08/16/13
Nope. I never got paid to do my part of the housework. Neither will my kids. If they don't do their part, they lose their toys and any other fun privileges
Namciti
on 08/16/13
undertaker667 and 2 others liked this  
Children should have some sort of incentive to do their chores. If there is no incentive, then the children might not do the chores well, on time, or as happily as they would if they had something to look forward to doing the job well and finishing it quickly and on time. Whether the incentive is money, candy, or some other kind of reward is up to the child's chore-givers.
pyromama
on 08/16/13
undertaker667 liked this  
Do I get paid for everything I do around the house? Shopping, cooking, laundry, doctoring, carpooling? Ummm no. For keeping up with chores around the house I will gladly give my kids spending money but not for doing specific chores. Part of being a family is sharing the responsibilities. Suck it up, LOL.
kayteajo
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 2 others liked this  
My step daughter moved in with us about a year and half ago. We tried money for chores but she chose not to do them, so we changed chores to privilege based. You don't do chores...you don't watch tv or play the computer. We have a reward system where she goes x number of days with behaving well and doing chores she gets an "extra"- money, stay up late, special toy, or something else and it is always a surprise. This has worked out well for us because she likes the surprise factor.
dbh777
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 5 others liked this  
As parents, we felt that our kids should not be paid for "doing their chores/helping around the house". That was part of the responsibility & joy of being part of a family, learning personal satisfaction, caring, & responsibility. What we did was give them a certain modest amount each week to learn to "handle". We had little 4 little tupperware containers for each of them and we gave them coins when they were little to make it easier. 10% to each, or whatever amount they wished: #1 They gave to God/church. #2 They saved. #3 They put towards gifts for others. #4 They could do whatever they wanted with the remainder. They had plenty!
AND when they were older, we DID pay them a modest amount per "large" job like cleaning/washing a car that we would have paid someone outside the home to do. That was only fair for them to have a chance to earn a little extra.
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis and 1 others liked this  
i like the 10% to God, that is TRULY teaching money principles. Wish i had done it!
i have learned that alot of todays laws are based on Biblical teachings. Ex: after 7 yrs on your credit report debt is erased
that came straight from the Bible. What an awesome way to teach morality
responsibility, and Biblical teachings all at once. Kudos to you! Your kids will one day be so
grateful for your effort & dedication to raising them in a christian lifestyle, I cant
sing your praises enough. I myself never gave allowance for chores or school work
those things were just expected. But as long as your giving it, your def doing it
the right way!
dbh777
on 08/16/13
tabathamdavis liked this  
How kind of you to encourage me so, KaroleeW! Actually my kids are young adults now and I am grateful that these values have carried through into their adulthood. Especially with my daughter.

And the work values, like I see in many other comments here are SO valuable! Unfortunately some parents unwittingly do TOO much for their kids, actually cheating them out of a love and satisfaction of work, service, and using what they have to work at something, even if it's not "fun". and they are poorer for it. It's very hard to teach a 20 year old responsibility and work ethic when they never learned or experienced it before. :-(
april2010
on 08/16/13
citydog liked this  
I feel kids should be rewarded for doing well in school with a little cash. That being said all kids aren't star and honor roll students so you should gauge their earnest effort. My daughter is 3 she has a savings account when times are great she gets $5 a week when it accumulates we make a deposit. When I get large sums of unexpected money I make a deposit of $50-$200. I would pay her if she performed a service that I would ordinarily pay someone else to do such as change my oil or other minor car repairs, moving the lawn, or painting. But if she doesn't want to clean the toilet fine don't use it, dishes don't eat, making the bed don't lie in it. But she's 3 & I'm getting ahead of myself
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
dbh777 and 1 others liked this  
i do not agree kids should be paid for school, for the very reason you mentioned. Not every child is an honor student
some kids learn differently than how they are taught and some kids simply dont care. i am blessed with ap kids, however my youngest gad a much harder time in school than the other two. she did her very best and that is what is expected, their best. whether its an A or a C
uf irs their best im proud of them. i dont see how giving them money alters that
XemapleX
on 08/16/13
i yes but this time i did not read. the question fully and they should get paid the extra things not their bedrooms and household chores
gretchenwins
on 08/16/13
I think kids should be paid for extra chores. They have their daily chores, such as cleaning their room and perhaps the dishes but say, if they do a good job on mowing the lawn or organizing the garage then it would be a good idea to pay them. The key is for them to do a GOOD job. It will help teach them to be thorough.
EBFiddler
on 08/16/13
Kalebsmommy and 7 others liked this  
Definite no. Parents pay for everything for the kids; food, clothes, house, etc....why should they give them more money too? The kids should pay the parents back, by helping around the house for FREE, and without complaining. (This is coming from a 16 year old girl, btw...)
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
Leann6661 and 1 others liked this  
kudos to you kid, you clearly respect what your parents do to earn the things you own.
In fact, you sound like my daughter who is also 16. im assuming your parenrs expect
a clean room and good grades. therefore, you do it. they should be proud of
you, i am!
JessChen
on 08/16/13
No they shouldn't.
chatawithac
on 08/16/13
It is good to teach the value of earning, working and the the rewards received for work, on the other hand children must also learn to put forth their part as a member of said family with the confirmations that much love, care, comfort, and protection will be their out-come.
Talyon
on 08/16/13
lzracer liked this  
Adults have jobs and get paid for it, school and chores are a kids job. So why not pay them for it. It teaches them finances and work ethic, plus it gives them some play money to do with as they see fit, to learn how to save and plan for the big things they want.
SimplyvMizu
on 08/16/13
They should alwayse be paid. nuff said.
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
why?
ChelseBrun
on 08/16/13
stnty liked this  
Even for cleaning their own bedroom at ages 10 and up?
StDymphna
on 08/16/13
MissBrookeBamBam and 2 others liked this  
Getting paid for household chores prepares children for the real world. Otherwise, isn't it just child labor?
KaroleeW
on 08/16/13
Smoopy65 liked this  
seriously? child labor? wow. not unless your working them from sun up to sundown
with little food n some water. Since when is making your bed & keeping your room mold free
against a child labor law. Little dramatic there dont ya think?
mjdbus00
on 08/16/13
Smoopy65 and 2 others liked this  
Do you get paid for washing your own dishes or clothes? It is not child labor, it is teaching responsible behavior and what it is to be a family member.

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