6 Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Chores Without Paying Them

Kids shouldn't be paid for doing routine tasks, but for doing extra jobs that parents define as above and beyond.

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Allowances are always a burning issue for parents and children, and one of the hottest sources of conflict is whether an allowance should be tied to doing household chores. I weighed in on this in “8 Rules for Raising Money-Smart Kids”. In brief, my take is that kids should not be paid for routine tasks, which they should do gratis simply because they’re part of the family. To make the connection between work and pay, they may be paid for doing extra jobs, such as taking out the trash or recycling, mowing the lawn, washing the car, or whatever you define as above and beyond.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.