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Paying Chores for Kids

Updated on October 28, 2012
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My littlest girl helping with dishes.My boy moving chairs so we can vacuum.My oldest picking up the toysMy boy helping with dishes.My oldest getting ready to vacuum.My little girl taking her turn vacuuming.My little girl vacuuming.  Her favorite job.
My littlest girl helping with dishes.
My littlest girl helping with dishes. | Source
My boy moving chairs so we can vacuum.
My boy moving chairs so we can vacuum. | Source
My oldest picking up the toys
My oldest picking up the toys | Source
My boy helping with dishes.
My boy helping with dishes. | Source
My oldest getting ready to vacuum.
My oldest getting ready to vacuum. | Source
My little girl taking her turn vacuuming.
My little girl taking her turn vacuuming. | Source
My little girl vacuuming.  Her favorite job.
My little girl vacuuming. Her favorite job. | Source

Chores my kids get paid for

  1. Dishes - My kids are still young enough yet, and two of them can't reach the water faucet for the sink so they get paid for helping with dishes. The unloading of the dishwasher (not loading because I'm a bit picky about how that goes) will get them 25 cents. Helping rinse and dry dishes we was by hand will get them 50 cents (but only if they stick with it for the whole time until it is done).
  2. Laundry - Laundry in our house is a never ending thing! I'm always washing blankets and clothes and anything else that happens to get in the laundry. My kids have to put away their own clothes (without getting paid) but if they help separate the clothes, load the washing machine and fold clothes they will get 25 cents.
  3. Pulling Weeds/Yard Work - I've actually gotten my son to like pulling weeds with me. He's still small enough that he will do anything I do so I guess that's a bonus. For pulling weeds (only if they all get done) I pay my kids 50 cents.
  4. Vaccuuming - They all fight over who gets to vaccuum. I don't see the fun in it but they love it. I normally separate the rooms so each kid gets to do at leat one and they get 25 cents per room.
  5. Dusting - All our bookshelves and picture frames collect a lot of dust. About once a month (yeah it should be more often LOL) we take down the pictures and the kids dust them and I hang them back up. They also do the bookshelves as far as they can reach. I pay 50 cents for dusting if they help me with it all.
  6. Babysitting Siblings - This one is a bit iffy. Because my kids are so little they can't be left home alone together. My oldest just turned 8 and by the laws in NC she can be home by herself now but I don't think she's old enough to babysit yet. However, when she is old enough, I plan on paying her what I would pay a normal babysitter (unless it's me just running to the gas station not even a mile away). So $4 an hour is what my kids will be making once they start babysitting their siblings.
  7. Good Grades - This one isn't really a chore but most kids get paid for their good grades. Every quarter of school a thing will come home saying how the kids are doing, improving, etc. and as long as it's up from the previous one and not down (not the same either) then they will get an over all $5.

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My little girl's bedroom.My son's bedroom/play room.
My little girl's bedroom.
My little girl's bedroom. | Source
My son's bedroom/play room.
My son's bedroom/play room. | Source

Chores my kids are expected to do and don't get paid for

  1. Cleaning Rooms - Cleaning rooms is another never ending thing in my house. Once a month I will go through and make sure the trash is out, the old boxes are thrown away, the toys are all sorted and in their right spots. Because I have three small kids though, it never stays this way. Cleaning rooms is just something that they have to do. Not every day, but once a week they have to make sure all the stuff if up off the floors (not shoved in the closets or under the beds). All toys need to be put away (not sorted) and dirty clothes out of their room along with the hangers and stuff in the laundry room. Doing this once a week instead of every day helps my kids to know that the bigger messes they make during the week, the longer it will take them to clean it up. Normally it works. If you want a way to quickly clean up that messy bedroom check out the article by Emma Harvey titled How to Quickly Tidy a Messy Bedroom. She has great ideas for how to do it and even includes a list to help your child know what to clean.
  2. Making Beds - This is just something that helps make their rooms look somewhat decent. All they have to do is make sure the comforter is laid nice on the bed along with the pillows. No military corners or anything but nice. And it's always more relaxing to climb into a made bed.
  3. Homework - Every day after school each of my kids has an hour of homework. Even if they don't have homework they have to at least read for an hour. They don't get paid for this because it is something that has to be done.
  4. Picking up toys downstairs - Toys in our house don't belong downstairs. My kids are old enough that they can stay upstairs to play. So when the few toys do find their way downstairs, I expect my kids to pick them up without getting paid for it. It's not supposed to happen so they shouldn't get rewarded for it.
  5. Helping with dinner - I don't consider helping with dinner a chore at all. It's great that some families are able to do sit down dinners with the whole family. This should be a time where everyone gets to pitch in and help. Getting things out of the fridge for the table, setting the place settings, getting the drinks for everyone. I, of course, do the food since it's all normally hot. All three of my kids love it when we have family dinners.

Do you pay your kids to do chores?

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      CassyLu1981 24 months ago from Spring Lake, NC

      jonnycomelately - Thanks much! My kids have learned about the importance of doing a good job in order to get the money they were looking forward to at the end of the week. I know paying my children to do chores is going to help them in the future, I just hope it sticks in their little heads!

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      Alan 2 years ago from Tasmania

      You sound like a very loving and sensible Mum! Your kids' futures are thus ensured their greatest chance of success....and their kids....etc

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      literatelibran - That's an excellent idea! And a great use of all that change that adds up :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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      literatelibran 5 years ago from Williamsburg, Virginia

      We have a chart with a list of chores- vaccuuming a room, 15 cents, etc. Great post!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      teaches12345 - I'm glad your son learned responsibility and how to save money whith chore money. I know my kids love it :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I did pay my child to do chores when he was young. It helped him to learn responsibility and how to save money for things he wanted to buy. Great post here, Cassy, and it will surely help kids and parents to know the value of a good job completed and its rewards.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Mhatter99 - You are right, it does teach them about money and helps them build responsibility. My kids have their own savings acounts so at the end of every month they have to put half of their money into the savings and get to spend the other half (or save it for another day of course). They like doing it that way for sure! Thanks for the comment :)

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Emma - My kids love helping me clean because there is that incentive of getting paid. Granted it isn't much money they get, but even to a kid 25 cents is alot! (wish I still felt that way LOL). Thanks for the comment and linking back :)

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Spartucus - LOL that sounds like something I know my son will do when he gets a little bit older and doing dishes is no longer "fun". Thanks for the heads up :) Thanks for the comment!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub' Paying kids for chores, I feel, teaches them about money and helps build responsibility.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Love these ideas - make kids have an incentive for helping out. It sets them up for when they are older too.

      Thanks for the link BTW - linking back at ya!

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      When I was a kid I use to intentionally (but accidentally) drop dishes on the floor to try to get out of doing them. Maybe if I got paid I wouldn't of. Not a parent myself, but I am sure this could be useful for parents.