The wage gap starts at home: Boys are paid more than girls for household chores

Finding a chore system that works is a unique process for many parents, especially when it comes to juggling chores between sons and daughters.

Carrie Kirby, a writer based in the San Francisco area, said she pays her children — a 14-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, and 8-year-old boy — a weekly allowance if they do all of their chores. “At first, I assigned them all mostly the same chores on different days, with a few more difficult ones added in for the older ones,” she said.

She soon found that her daughters preferred jobs indoors. “The chores the girls complained about the most were the outdoor ones, such as emptying the trash, compost and recycling, and mowing the lawn.

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