My kids are expected to do some basic things around the house like cleaning up after themselves, doing some routine chores like dishes or laundry, etc., but I don't expect them to pay their own way. The only time I've asked either of them to pay for anything was when my then 15yo son exceeded the data limits on our cell service ON PURPOSE and racked up $200+ overlimit fees. He then had to do odd jobs around the neighborhood to pay me back for that (and, yes, there's a cap on his phone now ;) ).
My friend, however, is making her 16yo and 17yo pay "boarding fees." They go to school during the day and part-time jobs when they get out and every penny they earn goes to their mom for these fees she's instituted. She's not saving the money on their behalf or putting it into college funds, just putting it in her bank and spending as she sees fit, which, as far as I can tell, means getting her hair and nails done routinely. Now, I know, it's her family and to each her own, but still I can't help but think this is wrong and unfair to those kids.
What do you think? Would you make your kids pay rent or buy groceries? If so, at what age or under what circumstances would you do so?