What’s the going rate for 7-year-olds? And what do they have to do for it? In addition to regular toy cleanup, we have our almost 7-year-old make his bed, set the table, put his dishes in the dishwasher, and wipe the table for $2/week. Would love to hear other people’s input. Also, how old should you be to get an allowance? The issue becomes complicated with younger siblings who are also doing chores but who have no real concept of money. I have started giving my 4-year-old $1 for his chores but am not totally sure that he’s ready, since I find the bills strewn all over the house! It just seems totally unfair not to give him anything since he understands that his brother is getting allowance. But we also heard our beloved reader Heija Nunn on this topic loud and clear (and her words have stuck with me all of these months later): “I pay my household helpers the same going rate I got: Zero! Our kids are expected to help, and even babysit for free. In return they get room, board and mostly cheerful parenting. Any extra money they accumulate is earned in various dubious ways, including shaking down party guests for coat check tips, selling free charity brochures, outright begging and “collecting” loose change and bills from my handbag. My eldest has also taken on pet-sitting and caddying jobs for which he is obscenely overpaid.” Of course this made me feel totally inadequate, but I learned from it. Thoughts?