Allowances and chores?

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Registered: 07-23-2003
Allowances and chores?
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Wed, 07-02-2008 - 1:44pm

When do you think it is too early?

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 1:50pm

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.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 2:03pm
Ours have had chores and an allowance since they were 5 or 6. They have chores because they are part of the family and they get an allowance because they are part of the family - the two are not linked. However, if they want more money- they can do extra chores as long as the primary ones are done first.
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Registered: 07-23-2003
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 2:09pm
It is kind of the same on our end.

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Registered: 10-05-2007
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 4:51pm

I don't think it's ever too early to start doing chores.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 5:13pm

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.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 6:48pm

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.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 07-02-2008 - 10:17pm

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.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 3:30pm

When do you think it is too early?

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 6:06pm

Chores are not linked to allowance in any way.

 

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 6:16pm
Are your kids really young? Do you ever plan on teaching them basic self-sufficiency skills like doing their own laundry or running a household or cleaning up after themselves?

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