10 yr old and chores and things

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Registered: 08-16-2003
10 yr old and chores and things
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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 7:49pm
hi i'm new to this board. I have a few questions for all you wonderful moms out there. I have a ten yr.old boy who DOESN"T have any chores. Now, before you go and say "how could you not give this child chores?" He is a very good kid and does things when he is told with no back talk and no questions asked. He keeps his room fairly neat and tidey besides the few big toys that don't fit in the toy box. When i do tell him to pick up his room he does it and it's done within five-ten minutes. I don't allow the kids to have toys downstairs because my house is not there "playroom" that's what they have a bedroom for. Do you think i should start giving him a chore to do? or is keeping his room clean enough? do you give allowance? What is the going rate these days? i know when i was growing up we didn't get money for doing chores. Thakns for the help.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 08-19-2003 - 5:38pm
Welcome! You can read my reply regarding chores and tying it to allowance in the link Sherri posted. We give Sam and Rachel (11yo twins) $5/week for allowance. They have not had a raise in several years. This amount works well for us. They are responsible for charitable donations at our synagogue (I think they are generous at $1-$2/week; one reason we raised them to $5) and any optional purchase they want to make, and they contribute something towards holiday gifts and b'day gifts for each other. They are very good savers, and have accumulated quite a bit. I really need to get around to opening accounts for them.

Glad you found our board, and hope to see you often!

Janet

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Janet


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Registered: 05-02-2003
Mon, 08-18-2003 - 3:54pm
Hi and Welcome to the board, glad to have you here.

We just had that discussion on this board about a month ago or so. I've attached the link so you could read what we all wrote then: http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-psfifthsixth&msg=2044.1&ctx=128

That thread didn't go into allowance amounts too much, but Sean gets $1.25 for each correctly completed chore and he is now paid an additional $1 per week for washing his clothes. He can earn additional money for lawn mowing or doing extra work around the house - that happens rarely. Sean is expected to purchase *all* his "extras" with his allowance/chore money; this isn't to say that we don't buy things for him - just if he wants more things or he wants it on a different schedule (ie right now vs. in a couple weeks).

I'm really curious about how you get a 10 year that does what he's asked without back talk or complaints - LOL

Best Always,

Sherrie

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