Paying kids for chores has long been a debate in family households. Some caretakers prefer demonstrating that hard work means earning money. Others are in the camp of making sure kids know chores mean being an active member of the family, not a pay day.

Stephanie Lee, Psy.D., is the senior director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at Child Mind Institute in New York City. She sees plenty of benefits in rewarding kids for doing chores to teach them the value of money. She noted, however, that it may not work for all families and that it’s crucial for parents to establish what they actually want from a chores system at home.