Chores & Allowance?

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Chores & Allowance?
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Mon, 01-09-2006 - 1:23am

Lurker here just wondering what you all do in the way of chores....

Up until now we really haven't had set chores around here for the kids but I think as they get older the responsibility will be beneficial.

Also do your kids receive an allowance? How much? I have a 6 yr old & an almost 10 yr old.....

Any thoughts would be great! I have no clue what the going rates are these days! TIA!

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Mon, 01-09-2006 - 10:29am

Brionna has chores and gets an allowance. She needs to keep her room clean, clean the living room of the toys from the kids I watch, and clean the playroom which is again messed up from the kids I watch. She had an unusual bad cleaning weekend this last one as I made her go back and clean better

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Mon, 01-09-2006 - 7:13pm
My ds is 7 and gets 5 a week, his sister is 11 and gets 11 a week. They have chores to do, but it isn't truely tied to allowences. It is because we are a family and we must work together. Ds has to make his bed every day, clean up room, feed his hamster, his fish and hermit crab. He also has to clean the cat box once a week. Every week one person is responsible for cleaning up the dog's poop for a week. He clears the dinner dishes or empties out the dishwasher. He also has to take out the kitchen trash when needed. He also has to do something extra on weekends, vacuum the family room, wipe down the bathrooms, whatever. Now, if dh or I have to any part or their chores, they do receive a bill. 10 cents for leaving a light on, 10 cents for any piece of laundry left on the floor, making a bed is 10% of your weekly gross, etc... It works for us, we have used this system since dd was 4. I don't pay for candy or toys, that is what allowence is for. If we see a movie, I will get a bucket of popcorn and a big drink, you wnat something else, that is what your allowence is for!


Edited 1/12/2006 8:13 pm ET by my2kidsmom199498

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Tue, 01-10-2006 - 1:07pm

I like this system. How do you keep track of your 'bills.' That sounds like a lot of work. I am interested to hear how you organize this - I may well start this at home.

Susan

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Thu, 01-12-2006 - 8:11pm
When I do something, turn out a light, have to pick up laundry before I vacuum, etc... then I write a sticky note. That is the bill. They get very good! I do give reminders, like, " I may be vacuuming today", and they know to go over their rooms once more to be sure that there are no socks lurning under a dresser, etc...

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Fri, 01-20-2006 - 6:27pm
Tre does chores and gets an allowance. He gets a wopping dollar in quarters for the week! LOL!!! It gets divided into four accounts: savings, spending, emergencies and college. SO far so good...I like that it teaches him to prepare himself for the future and how to manage his money. I just hope it helps! LOL!

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Sat, 01-21-2006 - 4:21pm

We attempted the whole chore/allowance thing many times.


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Wed, 01-25-2006 - 3:53pm

This is what I do with my almost 7 year old:

These are the things she is responsible for:
keeping her room neat and cleaning it when I say.
helping keep the playroom neat.
Putting away the clean dishes.

Any other chore she wishes to do she gets paid for. For example I may say, I will give you $1 for cleaning the bathroom. If she does it then she gets the dollar. If she doesn't do it then she doesn't get the dollar. Sometimes she asks me if she can clean whatever for money and I usually say yes.

She can then put the money in her piggy bank, put it in our Disneyworld jar or she can keep it and spend it. I rarely buy her anything (toys, candy) except for Christmas or Birthday. If she wants something I tell her she has to work and save up for it.

Teresa

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