Friday, April 08, 2016

Kids Household Chores, Allowance and Instant Gratification

The instant gratification part was my sisters idea so I cant take full credit. 

I have had a chore chart for my kids for quite some time. Recently my daughter requested a raise in the amount of money she earns per chore, to which I agreed and added this new intensive with instant gratification.

I must confess I have been very bad about paying out allowance in the past. There was a constant tally of IOU's on sticky notes. I rarely have cash on hand so at the end of the week I wouldn't have the cash to pay the kids for doing chores... So I would add it up and write it down at least... Well, my sister gave me the idea of having the money kept on the fridge so as soon as the chore was done my daughter, or son, could get paid immediately! 

I decided to still keep the star chart so I could keep track throughout the week of who was doing what chores and when. The same set of chores are listed on the chart and above where the money is! If you can't tell from the picture the three smaller magnets are holding coins, 2 quarters each and everything else is $1. The chores list I made in Excel and printed it on a magnetic sheet! My daughter is the orange stars, she typically does more chores than my son who is green. As you can see, she did several chores yesterday!! I have plenty of cash on hand for now and I decided to get 20 ones at a time and keep it in a jar in my house so I do not spend it elsewhere!! 

My kids also have chores they do not get paid for, which are cleaning up their own dishes after meals, putting away their own laundry and of course cleaning their own rooms. 

With summer approaching I will have some more outside chores they can do, like picking up sticks in the backyard! Too bad neither one of them are big enough to use the lawn mower yet... That will remain my chore... 

What type of chores do your kids do? Do you pay allowance for chores or just because?


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