Every child should be a good Citizen of the Household. As a member of the family and a resident of your house, the child should help make the home a better place to live and abide by the household rules you set. Even 3-year-olds can learn to become good Citizens of the Household.

But what happens when your spouse doesn’t fall in line?

A clear strategy of expectations should be laid out for everyone in the house. It’s fine to pay children for weekly chores that are considered over and above their normal household duties but everything needs to be outlined in advance. As partners, you and your spouse should also discuss your specific roles because guess what? Your children are ALWAYS watching.