New research has revealed that the average British child now receives over £5,000 in pocket money over the course of their childhood for helping out with spring cleaning chores.
The study of parents with children aged 3 to 16 found 60 per cent tempt their money-savvy kids with financial gain if they help out around the house, while 44 per cent admit to bribing them with their favourite treat.
Modern kids earn 54 per cent more pocket money than their parents did when they were their children’s age. But despite the high amount, a cheeky six in ten kids have tried to negotiate a better pocket money pay-out from their parents
Enterprising kids looking to maximise their earning power around the house should aim to get involved in washing the car, which is the best-paid chore at £1.55 per clean. Failing that, clearing the gutters and tidying the garage are the next best options, earning an average of £1.23 and £1.22 respectively.
The research was conducted as part of the Dance Your Place Clean campaign from Flash and Viakal, which looks at the top ways that Brits motivate their children to get involved in spring cleaning. The campaign partnered with Kimberly Wyatt to show how you can literally dance your way through dirt and grime during this year’s spring clean and make it fun for the whole family.
“While it can be tough to motivate kids to help out with household chores, it is encouraging to see parents finding ways to include their kids in the big spring clean,” says Nikita Ganich, P&G Marketing Manager, Homecare, UK, Ireland & Nordics.
“By getting the whole family involved, and with the help of the right music, the right cleaning products, a touch of bribery or even dancing, it’s possible to turn the dreaded spring clean into a fun family activity.”
Top 5 Chores We Dread the Most:
1. Cleaning the bathroom
2. Tackling a pile of ironing
3. Clearing out gutters
4. Washing the windows
5. Clearing the garage
Top 10 Best Paid Childhood Chores
1. Washing the car £1.55
2. Clearing the gutters £1.23
3. Clearing the garage £1.22
4. Washing the carpet/laminate floors £1.13
5. Washing the windows £1.09
6. Clearing the attic £1.08
7. Doing the ironing £1.08
8. Doing the laundry £1.05
9. Sorting old possessions for charity shops/the dump £1.01
10. Cleaning the bathroom £0.99