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Most parents believe kids should earn their allowance, but some disagree on how. For some parents, paying kids to do chores makes the most sense. With this system, kids learn the value of hard work and are rewarded for it. Other parents think chores should be a given in any household and paying kids to perform ordinary responsibilities sends the wrong message. Should parents pay kids to do their chores?

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For some parents, this seems like common sense. In the real world, you get paid to do a job, and it should be no different for kids. Whether they are vacuuming every night, watering plants, or taking out the trash, every household needs multiple hands to function properly, and putting kids to work provides essential lessons on contribution, teamwork and more. Paying kids for chores only expands these lessons to reward systems and money management. 

If the chores are done, kids are paid. If the chores fall by the wayside, payment stops, just as it would if a parent were to stop going to work. HuffPost's Taylor Pittman looked to Gregg Murset, a certified financial planner and father of six, for insight. According to Murset: 

“I believe that you should always tie work and money together in a meaningful way because they are interrelated in the real world,” he said.
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Some parents believe that although there is value in giving kids an allowance and assigning them household chores, the two should not be tied. Pittman provides an alternate point of view from Kerry Flatley, a mom of two who founded the blog, Self-Sufficient Kids:

This weekly payment is separate from their chores, which include tasks like feeding the family pet and sweeping the floor as well as the family’s monthly “cleaning morning” where everyone pitches in.
Flatley told HuffPost that she thinks chores are part of being a helpful member of the family, not figuring out what tasks are and aren’t worth the money.
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Parents in this camp believe that there should be no extra incentive for kids to help out around the house. Everyone needs to contribute in order for a household to function, and kids should not be rewarded for their participation. Rather, their participation should be expected. 

The Washington Post's Elisabeth Leamy referred to a number of expert opinions on the topic: 

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. 

Chores should be used to teach responsibility, while allowances stand on their own as lessons in money management. According to these experts, there is value in both allowances and chores, but combining the two will only result in rebellion from children. 

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But other parents believe that giving kids an allowance free from household responsibilities implies that money will always come to you, regardless of your effort. Sally Nubauer writes: 

If a child is given an allowance each week with no household expectations, they learn to expect money to fall from the sky. This is not the type of mindset that you want to encourage. When they are adults, a weekly paycheck is not going to magically appear unless they work.

Furthermore, paying kids for chores can help them feel greater pride in their work. In this scenario, everyone wins: 

When you plan to pay your kids for chores, you should make sure that they understand the stipulations. Employers do not pay for sloppy work, and neither do parents. Kids do not normally need a pep talk, however, to complete paid work. Instead of a half-done chore, you may find that the chores are done to perfection. 
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