RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Experts say its almost never too early to ask your children to do chores and you don't always have to pay them for their efforts.
"That' s just part of being in the family," said Karen Schwartzkopf, who is a mother to three teenagers, as well as Managing Editor at Richmond Family Magazine, "Everybody pitches in and everybody does stuff. It needs to be a family situation. From the beginning, you need to have a culture of teamwork where children are taught from the beginning that chores are just how we do business.
Schwartzkopf also recommends talking to your kids about your kids about how much things cost and what your family can afford on the front end, so they have a good understanding of reasonable expectations. It's also a great opportunity to talk to your children about financial security, saving, and spending. She also says children of nearly any age can help out.
"When he is old enough to throw toys on the floor and scatter them all around the house, he's old enough to pick them up, he's old enough to help," said Schwartzkopf.
As chores increase in difficulty and time, you might also consider paying more money. This often comes with age, but she warns keep it simple. It's okay to give older kids big responsibilities, but don't overcomplicate the system with too many charts and rules. That come become a chore of its own, and be confusing for your kids.