Parenting- Chores- Children

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      My kids are ages 8.5 & 6 y.o. They are expected to make their beds,

      put away their clothes, and pick up after themselves (ie, dishes in

      dishwasher, toys away after use, etc.) every day. Honestly, they

      could probably use more chores, however most afternoons are chock full

      of homework so I don’t want to make them do anything else after

      spending 1-2 hours doing all the homework that is required of them at

      school; I’d prefer they have 30-60 mins. to play or just relax before

      dinner and the bedtime routine.

      On weekends we expect them to help out when we are cleaning the house

      (ie, help vaccuum, help dust, “help” w/minor home repairs — even if

      it’s just coming w/one of us to the hardware store or keeping us

      company while we work — etc.).

      I’m trying to incorporate having them help me w/the laundry, but again

      there’s that homework issue; maybe over the summer I’ll start

      enforcing this.

      Yes, they get an allowance that is not tied to their chores. We view

      this as an introduction to money management so they can learn to

      save,spend, budget, etc. As they get older we’ll consider tying some

      extra money to extra chores; we’ve tried this w/our son (who

      perpetually is saving for a computer, then spends his money and has to

      start over again) & the grandparents have even offered to pay him for

      odd jobs and projects, but he’s not yet taken them or us up on the

      offer. As far as how much, my 6 y.o. gets $1/week (25-cents each for

      spend, save, donate, invest) & the 8.5 y.o. gets $2.00 ($1 spend, $1

      divided among the other three); they get a 50-cent raise every birthday.

      Stephanie

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