When do you think it is too early?
I think as soon as kids understand the concept of money buying things, they can handle a little money on their own.
We have a sort of sliding scale on what I will pay for and what they will need to spend their allowance money on. For instance, this summer, the kids seem to want to go to the movies a lot. I will usually pay for them to go to the matinee once a week, but I won't pay for snacks. That has to come out of their allowance.
I will pay DS' greens fees if he is going golfing with a friend, but not for a cart. That has to come out of allowance.
I will pay for basic clothes, but not for stuff like the year DS was collecting Converse Hi-Tops. That was on his own.
I do not link chores to allowance, although I sometimes offer my kids money to do chores I would normally hire out.
I don't think it's ever too early to start doing chores.
I think it's on a case by case basis. Many toddlers can understand picking up toys (thanks and a tip of the hat to Barney- he diod nothing else for us but he did teach dd the "Clean Up" song which actually helped her a lot). Other chores can be added as the child seems able. But which chores and when will depend on the child. I would say, "too young" is when they don't understand the nature of the chore they are being asked to do or are physically unable to do it.
oy I am the WORST rolemodel here.... .since I can barely bring MYSELF do to chores. Liza doesn't have any assigned chores other than clearing the table -- she does help me fold laundry and um.... everyonce in a while I give her a task like organizing the linen closet -- but since i can't even get my hands around the whole 'regular chores' concept I think Liza may be a lost cause LOL
I can never remember the whole allowance thing either -- I do a reading in centive program where she gets $1 for every book she reads -- $2 if it's lengthy, $3 if its like Harry Potter lengthy but that's it.
god we're such slackers
Yes. We. Did.
We have never done allowances. The kids have their family chores, which are not paid. There is a list of extra chores that they cna do which is paid. The going rate is usually about $1. But they are not allowed to do the paid chores until their unpaid ones are done. They usually ask about paid chores around age 10.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Chores are not linked to allowance in any way.