5 Chores I Would Never Pay My Kids to Do

Over the years I have gone back and forth over “if” and “how much” I will pay me kids, but there are some things I just won’t pay my kids to do.

I firmly believe that my kids are part of this family and because of that they need to help out.  Unfortunately for my kids they have a mom with a bad back and so they “get” to pitch in even more.

I will on occasion pay if they do extra, but these are things I would NEVER pay my kids to do:

  1. Clean their room – This is their mess that they made and it’s their job to keep it clean, if you don’t keep it clean, then don’t complain about lost things.
  2. Walk the dog and clean up after the dog or any pet – this is a responsibility, not a chore.  If you own a pet, you must take care of it.  Mom and dad pay to keep it fed, no need to pay to have it loved.
  3. Clean up their toy mess – If your child gets something out, let them put it away.  Even little ones can help.  My teens clean up after themselves, always have, although that doesn’t mean they are good at it.
  4. Put their dishes in the dishwasher – Since I cooked, I appreciate the help.  Any child can put a dish in the dishwasher. I will not pay them to rinse off a plate.
  5. Laundry – I do most of the laundry, but my kids know if they need something and I don’t know about it, they need to start the laundry themselves.  Why would I pay them to clean their own shirt?

I know this might seem hard core to some, but like I stated in the beginning, a lot that happens at our house is kids pitching to help out the family.

What other things would you add to this list?

This is what Works for Me and my family.


  1. Amy: I’m right with you on this one. I only pay my kids extra for “extra” chores, like dusting or cleaning the blinds, cleaning out the window sashes, and so forth – stuff they didn’t get dirty, but that takes a little extra effort.

    All three girls have cell phones now with unlimited texting, but each one does a specific chore to pay for her phone. Our oldest helps do the laundry for the whole family and vacuums twice a week, our middle daughter cleans the bathrooms, and our youngest dusts the entire house twice a week.

    Oh yes: I love the new look! The first time I saw it though, I thought I had gone to the wrong site!


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