Chore & Allowance Advice Please

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Registered: 08-20-2003
Chore & Allowance Advice Please
Sun, 03-14-2004 - 10:26pm

We have never really given/offered an allowance with our kids...we basically give the kids money when needed and if it is something extra(go to the movies, book fair, etc..) then they get the money, however will owe us with jobs and such.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 7:03am
My dd is 9 1/2 and has been getting an allowence for 5 years now. She has to keep her room tidy, make her bed everyday, clean the litter box and her hamster cage. Put her laundry into the hamper, and then get it all down to the laundry room on laundry day. She gets tons of extra chores when she is grounded. She and her younger brother split setting and clearing the dinner table everyday. Tehy both have to help with little chores if I need them too. If I have to any chores for tehm, then there is a charge. If they leave on a light, that is 10 cents. Make a bed, that is 60 cents. She gets $6.00 a week. She can be quite the saver, she bought her own Nintendo game system, paid for herself to go horseback riding on our last vacation, and more. I have a deal, if we all go to the movies, we share a big popcorn and pop. Anything else is on their dimes, not mine.

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

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Registered: 05-02-2003
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 10:34am

We had a discussion about this not to long ago (about 6 months or so).

Sherrie Rainbow

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Registered: 01-16-2004
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 12:28pm
My daughter is also 10. Her chores are to feed the cats, set the dinner table and dry the dishes. She gets $10 a week but only if she's done her chores everyday. I don't require her to keep her room clean (it's her room and I don't care how she keeps it) but she does it anyways. And they have really neat chore charts that you can buy at Office Depot and places like that. You can also do a search and find printable ones online if you don't wanna take the time to create your own.
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Registered: 02-28-2004
Mon, 03-15-2004 - 1:15pm
Hi! I'm a newbie - and closely following this thread. Chores have always been an issue at our house, and it doesn't help that I'm a lousy housekeeper!

DS 10 gets $5 a week, but he gets that regardless of the chores. He gets extra sometimes for doing and/or helping with big jobs (like mowing the grass) and he's responsible for his own laundry.

This week we are trying to rotate chores between myself, DS10 and DD7. We each chose two chores that have to be done every day and we promised to support and help each other (will see if that happens!).

My parents were never consistent about giving me an allowance or chores, although I know I had to do pretty much whatever was asked of me. Allowance has worked with us so far, I don't worry about their asking for things, I just ask - do you have enough $? Sometimes though I don't physically give the money. DS10 says he saves it better if he doesn't have it (sounds like me!) so I just keep track on the calendar of how much he has earned.

Thanks for letting me lurk around and occassionally join in!

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Mon, 03-15-2004 - 6:37pm
Welcome! Thanks for letting us know you've been lurking, and for jumping in on this one. Please poke your head in more often!


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Registered: 02-12-1998
Tue, 03-16-2004 - 10:55am
Well, we did allowance a few years ago and then it sort of fell by the wayside. The boys have been asking if they can have one and I think it's a good idea. They are good savers and they have been having more chores lately, although I don't like to tie it to chores. It always seems to happen that way though. I'm planning on giving my 10 year old $5/week and my 7 year old $3/week. Do you think that is enough?

The oldest one take out the trash ;) (for those who read my post a few weeks ago), cleans the kitchen floor, cleans the guinea pig cage. He also helps clean out the garage and other small chores we give him. The younger one feeds the guinea pigs, cleans the bathroom counter top and helps clean out the garage. I also have them from time to time dust around the house. They are supposed to keep their rooms picked up, but what a struggle sometimes.


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Registered: 08-20-2003
Tue, 03-16-2004 - 11:26am

Thank you to everyone for all the advice~~ Here is what we have decided to do:

She will get $10 a week--she is expected to make her bed each and every morning and before bed at night to pick her room up completely.

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