WHY PARENTS WHO PAY THEIR KIDS FOR CHORES ARE GETTING IT WRONG
Full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/why-parents-who-pay-their-kids-for-chores-are-getting-it-wrong/2017/10/06/8bdfc4c2-aa0b-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html
By Elisabeth Leamy
October 11, 2017
Ron Lieber argues that we shouldn't give allowances in exchange for chores because one day our kids will decide they don't need the money and refuse to do the work. "So allowance ought to stand on its own, not as a wage but as a teaching tool," Lieber writes.
Jane Nelsen. Nelsen, too, argues that allowances should be educational. "Chores are a separate issue and should not be connected to an allowance," she writes.
These parenting experts — and more — argue that children should help out around the house because it's the right thing to do, not because they make money at it.
Instead of paying kids to do chores, parents should just give allowance instead, without making kids work for it.
The consensus among experts is that you should give your child an allowance as soon as he or she begins noticing and asking about money.
The amount of allowance you give depends, in part, on your financial circumstances. But experts do agree on a broad strategy: Give enough allowance so that your children can buy small things they want but will have to save up for bigger things — great practice for real life.