Doing the laundry. Walking the dog. Taking out the trash. For millions of kids, doing chores is a part of everyday life. For many of them, helping around the house is also a way to make some extra money. In a 2018 survey of more than 1,000 kids, nearly 40 percent said they got an allowance from their parents for doing chores.
Some people say paying kids to do chores helps teach them the value of hard work. Others argue that when kids earn their allowance, they’re more likely to save their money and spend it wisely. Those skills will help them succeed when they grow up.
But other people argue that paying kids to do chores sends the wrong message. They say kids should help out without expecting to be rewarded. They point out that parents don’t get paid to do housework, so kids shouldn’t either.