Does you 7 year old do chores?

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Does you 7 year old do chores?
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Sat, 01-13-2007 - 2:27pm

We are thinking of setting up a list of chores for our soon to be 7 year old to do each day and if he does them at the end of the week he will get an allowance because he wants to start saving money to buy things. But I dont know what chores to get him to do, Does anyone havea 6 or 7 year old that does chores and if so what kind of chores do u get them to do?

thanks for the help

carrie

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Sat, 01-13-2007 - 2:57pm

My son just turned 7 last month and he does the following for us. Folds the small towels and wash clothes, takes out the trash in the bathroom (we just place a bag in there and he has to take them out and replace with a new one), also he helps set the table and clears it. Along with that he has to make his bed, keep his room clean and put away his clothes.

Hope this helps!!

Jessica

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Sat, 01-13-2007 - 6:44pm

I haven't started this yet, but I am thinking that this year my son can start taking out the recyling for us. He already keeps his room clean, makes his bed every day and sets and clears the table.

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Sun, 01-14-2007 - 12:44am

Good idea about the bathroom trash.. I'll have to have Aubrey do that one.

I don't really have any other chores set up yet.. we were doing some for awhile but then she got pink-eye back in Nov. and stopped doing it all and we didn't start again. (my fault)

When Aubrey was doing them, one of the things I had her do was dust or use a lysol wipe to wipe her bathroom counter off. I couldn't really think what else to have her do.. The ones I saw suggested on a website were things like put silverware away but I do all of that at the same time I unload the dishwasher while she's at school.. we don't have any pets she can feed.. vacuuming is the one chore I do like to do.. so yeah, I wasn't sure what else she could do.

Do you guys have certain chores that aren't related to money? That are done just because they're part of the family, if that makes sense? I can't decide how to do allowance.. what it's all based off of. Do they have to do a chore each day to get the money? Do they do it before they can play that day?

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Sun, 01-14-2007 - 5:16pm
I defiantly think its important that they do stuff without the money! Things that are related directly to them, so making sure their bed gets made, being respectful to family, keeping room clean, and reading everyday are some of the things that my son does and does not get an allowance for!
Chores are not an everyday thing, except the helping with dinner. Trash is done 2-3 times a week, towels are done 2 times a week. I dont know, you have to be flexible and until they get a little older and can do more I think it is important for them to help out and also learn to save money at this early age!
Hope this helps and good luck!!!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-16-2007 - 12:23am

My 7 yr old gets an allowance each week "just because". He has to save half (he has a bank account, we make a deposit about once a month). I read that kids should have money just so they can learn how to handle it and it shouldn't be connected to responsibility. They can earn money for chores in addition if you want them to.

For chores he empties the dishwasher and sets the table (at the same time)every other night (he has a brother to alternate with). He clears his own dishes and sometimes mine (we are working up to that). He has to keep his things picked up, folds laundry and puts it away when I ask (I try to do this with him, or I'll fold and he can put away). He helps feed the cat (everyone is expected to keep an eye on it). At this age I clean his room with him because it is a little to large and general to just say "go clean your room" if you really want anything taken care of.

Sometimes we offer money for extra chores or for the first one done with a chore-the kids love this. I've had him vacuum, dust, wash dishes in the sink, do yardwork, carry in groceries, put pop in the fridge, things like that. I think kids these days have it pretty easy!

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Wed, 01-17-2007 - 12:29pm

My son does chores and I use a calender/sticker system to help him keep on track. Part of my rule with his chores is that I don't remind him he has to use his calender of written chores to start with responsibilities. He empties the trash, puts in a new trash bag, seperates his clothes for laundry, helps fold his clothes(kinda) and puts them away, keeps his room clean, sprays down his bathroom and tries to clean it, feeds and waters the dogs, and helps make his bed. Each chore equals a dollar a week and if I have to remind him or if he doesn't do one he loses a quarter each time. He also has to help me tally his earnings at the end of each week. Which all this helps with reading and math.

Good Luck,
Staci

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Wed, 01-17-2007 - 3:11pm

Tre does do chores. He is responsible for keeping his room clean and putting dishes away, homework and cleaning up the bathroom after he and his sister use it. The things we have him do are really thing sI Just want him in the habit of doing so he is a neat man. His first and most importnat job is to get an education. Everything else comes second....other than self cleanliness and neatness.


We pay him $1.00 a week and in quarters so each wuarter can go into a separate piggy bank. At the end of the month we deposit them into the bank. (We have really been slacking on this but I hope to pick up on it again.) His accounts are Spending, College, Emergencys and Savings.


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Wed, 03-07-2007 - 9:04am

Our 7 yo is in charge of feeding the dog. And he sets the table for supper. Sometimes on the weekends we'll throw an offer at him such as " Daddy needs help in the yard....How would you like to earn a few extra dollars picking up all the sticks/branches/leaves?" He would much rather see his friends on the weekends then earn extra money, but the offer is always there to him.
Also, we have always stressed that we work hard to make money to buy the things we need and if it isn't a holiday/birthday then he doesn't get extra. He has to use his own money to buy the extras. Which makes him want to work harder at home for us!

Kristin

 

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