Do you set the table, make your bed, or take out the trash? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of kids do chores like these. For many of them, it’s a way to make extra cash. 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 experts say that paying kids to do chores helps teach them the value of hard work. Others argue that when kids earn their own cash for doing chores, they learn how to be responsible with their money. That’s a skill they’ll need when they grow up.
But others say kids should help out without expecting to be rewarded. After all, they say, parents don’t get paid to do housework. Why should kids? Plus, they point out that parents already pay for just about everything for their children, from clothing to vacations.