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Each child has a chart with 6-12 chores/activities I want them to do every day. It might include hygiene, music, pets, and homework, whatever I am trying to get them to accomplish each day. Each child vacuums one room in the house every day and has one kitchen chore each day. I pay 10 cents for each chore. Or give them tokens per chore to be cashed in for allowance.
Each child does 2 large chores a week. We call them Friday chores. One is their room complete (sheets, laundry away, toys, vacuum, etc) and the second is another room in the house (their bathroom mopped & scrubbed, or kitchen scrubbed & mopped) I pay $1 each for these weekly chores.
Now I am hearing you say “That is a lot of money!” Well think of all the times you give them $1 here and $5 there to go somewhere (McDonald’s, the ice cream truck, etc). Now I don’t! They use their money for tithe first, then outings, music, friend’s birthday gifts, and other wants. I still pay for needs, and they pay for wants!
It gives me the perfect opportunity to teach them about budgeting and I get less hassle about chores. They even have an “extra” category for anything else I ask them to do or when they have to do a siblings chore! I do not hear anymore “That is not my job”.
I pay every week or every 2 weeks when daddy gets paid. Then I help them figure out their tithe 10%, put money in savings 10% and budget the rest for the next 2 weeks. After years with this system I have teenagers who can budget and plan wisely. I also have kids who know how to clean and how to do laundry. I want them to be self-sufficient when they leave my home. They all cook regularly too. I hope these tips will help your family as much as they have helped mine. Blessings to you and your family.
Articles written by Kay Green, Child Safety Expert, and Christian mom to 4 kids and Nana to 6 grands. Kay and Russell, her husband of 35 years live in Oregon.
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