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Dear David Coleman: Should I pay my children for doing chores around the house?

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They need to learn that if they don’t do their share then everybody suffers

They need to learn that if they don’t do their share then everybody suffers

They need to learn that if they don’t do their share then everybody suffers

Q We have three children - the eldest is 12 and the other two are seven and five. Since we've all been cooped up the last few weeks, I've been trying to get them all to do small chores around the house - they make no shortage of mess! I'm really struggling to get any of them to help. The oldest one refuses and the younger two then seem to take their lead from him. My oldest is looking to get paid for the work, and I just don't know. Part of me feels like it would be okay, but part of me wants him to help out just for the sake of it. What are your thoughts on paying for chores?

David replies: It is an interesting dilemma, that I think most households have to face into at some point. I certainly believe in the concept of chores for children. Getting them to help, according to their maturity and ability to do the job, is an essential part of raising responsible children. They need to learn that if they don't do their share then everybody suffers, but equally, when we all work together we can get so much more done.


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