|What's a living wage for a child these days?|
This is what’s wrong with the children of today. They think doing what they should do requires a reward. You have to pay them for making good grades, performing chores or just acting like they have sense. A child’s “pay” is staying in the household. Parents typically pay for everything their children need – clothes, food and much more. Any allowance received should be accepted with an attitude of gratitude. Her parents don’t have to give her an allowance. Somehoe I missed the section on allowances being required in the parent handbook. I only seem to recall something about loving and providing for them. I wish my future children would even fix their mouths to say, “I’m on strike.” They won’t be saying anything else for a while.
Children should do chores since they are a part of the household, not because they are entitled to compensation. People who want to get paid get jobs. All those dishes I washed in the Robinson household never yielded a dime, and I was perfectly fine with it. After all I was one of the people who contributed to the pile. I didn’t even think to ask my parents for an allowance (silly me). In that case I’m owed back pay because I still wash dishes, clean up and more at their house (and I don’t even live there). That’s not to say I’m against giving children an allowance. It does help build up a strong work ethic. I might even be open to paying a reasonable rate for higher than $3. But my children better not think for one minute I’m paying them minimum wage for cleaning the mess they helped make. They can strike all they want – right into someone else’s home.
How much were you paid to do chores as a child? What should a child be paid for chores?