- March 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm #256451LissKeymaster
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
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.
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