My 7 year old loves cash. Man, he just loves it. He is constantly wanting to buy new things like an ipad or a new game or KD sneakers. I look at him and I say, “Sure, with your own money” and that’s where the conversation ends. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately and feel like I’m not really being fair to him. He has no money but he’s desperately wanting to earn money and I’ve given him no way of doing that. I’ve always had mixed emotions about allowance. I don’t think he should get paid to make his bed, brush his teeth or feed the dog. These are responsibilities that he has as a member of our house. I certainly don’t get slipped $2 when I unload the dishwasher. So here’s what I decided, his regular duties get no extra reward, but there are some extras that I’ve arranged that he gets “paid” for. I also got these nifty allowance chart which you can customize from etsy. Chores he gets paid for include sorting the recycling (in fact, he gets to keep all the money that comes from the recycling machine at the grocery store), if he reads a book aloud to his sister (he hates this, this is a real chore for him), if he brushes the dog, if he sorts the laundry. Things he doesn’t get paid for are things like making his bed, unloading the dishwasher or putting his laundry away. If he forgets those things then he doesn’t get paid for the “extra” chores” that day. Here’s another one I really like that you can customize.
I don’t know if it’s too early for an allowance. I think it’s to each his own. I think it’s too early when the kids get the money and then proceed to leave it on a floor or a dresser. If they can’t take care of their money, then they aren’t old enough to earn it in my opinion.
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