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Should Kids Get Paid To Do Chores? Should allowance be tied to chores? Last week, I sought your help in developing an allowance system for my kids.

Should allowance be tied to chores?

The feedback I got was great. Debate! Many kids help out around the house with chores such as emptying the dishwasher, putting laundry away, and taking out the trash.


In exchange, some kids get allowances or other rewards such as extra computer time. But some people do not think that kids should get rewards for doing chores. Susie Walton, a parenting educator and family coach, believes that by rewarding kids, parents are sending a message that work isn’t worth doing unless you get something in return. “Running any kind of household is a team effort,” Walton told TFK. “A home is a living space for everyone in the family. The Debate: Should you pay your kids to do their chores? Illustration: Miki Sato “Yes, you should pay your kids to do their chores”Karine Ewart, Editor-in-Chief, mom of four Growing up, there wasn’t a lot of money to go around.

The Debate: Should you pay your kids to do their chores?

My two sisters and I were raised by a single mom. Once I was old enough to start coveting “stuff,” I needed to find a way to pay for it myself. Pros and Cons of Giving Kids an Allowance. Parents have a lot of important decisions to make in regards to their kids.

Pros and Cons of Giving Kids an Allowance

One of those decisions that is sometimes overlooked, although still important, is whether or not to give an allowance. Growing up, I recall a lot of my friends getting allowances. When I asked my parents about getting an allowance of my own, our conversation went a little something like this: Me: Hey Dad, can I start getting an allowance so I can have some extra cash? Dad: Sure. Should Stores Be Allowed To Spy on You? Should stores be allowed to spy on you? Walmart grocery stores across America are losing 3 trillion dollars per year because of burglary and theft.

Should stores be allowed to spy on you?

What can stop it? Surveillance systems. High tech tools and gadgets to stop shoppers and employees before they get away with the cash. Even though some people believe that these same systems stalk you and can get your information, I believe that these systems are not creating the problem, but fixing it. Teen Shoplifting. According to Shoplifters Alternative, a national nonprofit research and rehabilitation program, there are about 23 million shoplifters in our nation today – about one in 11 people.

Teen Shoplifting

Although only one-quarter of shoplifters are teenagers, 55% of adult shoplifters say that they began to steal when they were younger. Despite any justification someone might use, shoplifting is stealing and there are heavy penalties that go with it, including being arrested and possibly charged with a crime. What might seem like an innocent prank can affect a person’s future, including the chances of going to college or getting a job. How Stores Spy on You. High-resolution video cameras monitor all areas in and outside the store.

How Stores Spy on You

The footage is then stored and catalogued for easy searching. With facial-recognition software, your mug shot can be captured and digitally filed without your knowledge or permission. Ditto for your car’s license plate. What’s creepy about them: Gaze trackers are hidden in tiny holes in the shelving and detect which brands you’re looking at and how long for each. There are even mannequins whose eyes are cameras that detect the age, sex, ethnicity, and facial expressions of passers-by. The video can be merged with a store’s other data, such as footage of you at the cash register plus the transaction details of what you bought, for how much, using what credit card. What’s in it for you: Stores use video customer counts to set staffing and reduce cashier-line backups. Helpful or creepy? Stores use data to target customers. Retailers are "making sure that when they communicate directly with shoppers, that they have that perception of value versus spamming," said Giovanni DeMeo, vice president of global marketing and analytics for Interactions Marketing.

Helpful or creepy? Stores use data to target customers

(Read more: 5 major problems retailers must fix in 2014) According to a recent study by Cisco Consulting Services, 52 percent of shoppers are more willing to share their information if they feel like they get good value in exchange. Should School Start Later? Should schools start later? CDC Warns: Early School Start Times Could Negatively Affect Sleep-Deprived Students’ Health and Academic Performance. For the first time, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start middle- and high-school classes later in the morning.

CDC Warns: Early School Start Times Could Negatively Affect Sleep-Deprived Students’ Health and Academic Performance

The idea is to improve the odds of adolescents getting sufficient sleep so they can thrive both physically and academically. The CDC’s recommendations come a year after the American Academy of Pediatrics urged schools to adjust start times so more kids would get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of nightly rest. Both the CDC and the pediatricians’ group cited significant risks that come with lack of sleep, including higher rates of obesity and depression and motor-vehicle accidents among teens as well as an overall lower quality of life.

“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” Anne Wheaton, the lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health, said in a statement. So, if the science is so strong, what’s getting in the way of changing the policy? Pros and Cons - Should Schools Start Later In the Morning? Due to their busy schedules, as well as their natural tendencies to stay up later at night, many high school students don't get to sleep until 11 p.m. or later.

Pros and Cons - Should Schools Start Later In the Morning?

When students must wake up early enough to get to class by 8 am, the result can be a severe sleep deficit. Business reports show that a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows that about two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep per night. This indicates that only eight percent of high school students get the nine hours of sleep that experts believe teenagers need. Changing school schedules so that students do not have to be at school until 8:30 a.m. or later could allow students to start catching up on some of that missing sleep.

-more well rested students perform better in school Cons -parent work schedules One of the biggest concerns about changing the time that school starts is parent work schedules. -transportation logistics. Later School Start Times: Benefits & Cons - National Sleep Foundation. Adolescents today face a widespread chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Although society often views sleep as a luxury that ambitious or active people cannot afford, research shows that getting enough sleep is a biological necessity, as important to good health as eating well or exercising.

Teens are among those least likely to get enough sleep; while they need on average 9 1/4 hours of sleep per night for optimal performance, health and brain development, teens average fewer than 7 hours per school night by the end of high school, and most report feeling tired during the day (Wolfson & Carskadon, 1998). The roots of the problem include poor teen sleep habits that do not allow for enough hours of quality sleep; hectic schedules with afterschool activities and jobs, homework hours and family obligations; and a clash between societal demands, such as early school start times, and biological changes that put most teens on a later sleep-wake clock.

Should Parents Help With Homework? Homework: Should parents help their children, or not? A large number of participants expressed their views about the issue, with a number of parents having their say on this dilemmatic topic. Some strongly believed it is the parents’ duty; while others claimed education should encourage both parents and teachers both working to ensure the child’s knowledge and understanding of the topics. Some participants believed that it is neither a good nor a bad idea. Parents Helping Kids with Homework Infographic. Other Infographics. Should Parents Help Their Children With Homework? - Room for Debate. The Homework Dilemma: How Much Should Parents Get Involved? What can teachers do to help parents help their children with homework? Just what kind of parental involvement -- and how much involvement -- truly helps children with their homework? The most useful stance parents can take, many experts agree, is to be somewhat but not overly involved in homework.

The emphasis needs to be on parents' helping children do their homework themselves -- not on doing it for them. In an Instructor magazine article "How to Make Parents Your Homework Partners," study-skills consultant Judy Dodge maintains that involving students in homework is largely the teacher's job, yet parents can help by "creating a home environment that's conducive to kids getting their homework done. " Children who spend more time on homework, on average, do better academically than children who don't, and the academic benefits of homework increase in the upper grades, according to Helping Your Child With Homework, a handbook by the Office of Education Research and Improvement in the U.S.