Chores and kids?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I have a 12 year old daughter who is more than helpful, but I am not sure I know what types of chores are appropriate for her age that will also be helpful in the real world.
Right now...she does dishes (by hand), cleans her bathroom, cleans her room, ocassionally walks her dog, ocassionally helps me make meals...(she can make mac n cheese and ramen noodles, but we don't keep that in the house much!), most of the time if I'm doing something or feel she needs something to do...I have her help on various things.
What types of chores do I pay her for? I don't feel she should get paid for the cleaning her room, putting clothes away, dishes, etc because those are life skills and no one is going to pay her to do that when she gets her own place later in life.
What is a good price for chores...per chore or per week too?
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    Great questions!
    Life skills and chores should be done without pay to help out with the household. You live and eat there you contribute.
    As for extra chores that is up to you, maybe some yard work etc? I was given the advice of age vs. allowance. This works well and teaches them to save for things. After all if there is anything they NEED we will pay for.

    2566 days ago
  • 55WALKER
    What you pay a kid for chores really depends on your own socioeconomic level and the cost of living in your geographic area.

    As to what to pay for: I never paid my kids for anything that was "activity of daily living", only for the things that were not routine like deep cleaning, painting, fall leaf raking, car cleaning, etc (but of course that could have been a reflection of my own finances).

    Kudos to you for having a child who works with you. My son, who is now 24, says his quality of life is much better than that of many of his former classmates because he learned young both that routine unpaid work was a basic part of life and that working for income to get what you want/need was rewarding.
    2566 days ago
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