A question that I often get from parents is whether to pay children for chores or not. There really is no right or wrong answer here. As parents, we have to do what works. Some families have systems in place where children are rewarded with money and it works. Again, do what works.
We have a different spin on chores in our household. We don't give rewards for completion of daily chores as we want our kids to understand that there are some things that just have to be done and there is no reward other than the feelings of a job well done. We feel that this is in keeping with the experiences they will have in the real world and we want to prepare them as best we can for that.
We do, however, give a weekly allowance. They get .25 per day for $1.75 per week. Here's the catch, if they don't do their chores it usually means someone else had to and they have to pay whoever did them (usually me). If I didn't want to clean my house, I could hire someone else to come in and do it. Same theory. So I earn 25 cents when I complete their unfinished chores (of course this doesn't include their homework or piano :) This system has worked well for our family over the years.
In addition, the kids pitch in and do extra chores. They earn .25 each and use the opportunity to earn extra money when they are saving to purchase something. They have figured out at an early age that if they want something, they have to work for it. We hope this translates into success as adults.
What are your thoughts on paying kids for chores? Do you give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down?