It wasn't jobs so much as whenever i noticed her being good. A friend gave me the idea, she used it with her son. So for using her manners, sharing with her sister, packing up her toys etc, I would say 'hey, well done! lets get a star!' I had a piece of paper in a magnetic frame on the fridge, and some small stars, and we'd fill that up and count them at the end of the week. Then i just pulled a handful of coins from the spare change jar and let her play with them before they went in her money box.
I like what you mum did! Give a decent amount and make them spend it on useful stuff! I might stash that one away for future reference if you don't mind!
My kids do not get paid to do housework/chores as that is part of living in a family, in a home with other people and generally a lifes expectation. They set/clear the table, unpack dishwasher, feed pets and clean their room. If they don't do their jobs, they must pay the charlady (aka Mum) $1 per job (same as if I hired a cleaning lady to do the jobs around the house I must do but don't get paid to do)
My kids do get a 'minimal' pocket money, where they get $1 per year of age per week (ie 7yo gets $7pw) and they MUST bank approx 1/3 and also donate something towards the charity of their choice (encourages philanthropy and is also similar to 'tax')
They do get paid to do extra stuff, like wash the car or when they come to work with me to do the cleaning.
In order to 'teach' about money management, my kids are allowed to laybuy stuff at the toy shop, the book shop or EB Games - they now know they need to have enough of a deposit that they can pay the balance within 8 weeks. They also know they have to save money to spend when on holidays. They each have a school banking account and get their statements monthly. Neither of my kids know how much has been put away for them from their acting work - THAT is a surprise in years to come.
They also have, from time to time, had to pay and replace stuff they've lost or broken from their pocket money - both kids have lost dance shoes, and the second time they had to pay me back for the lost shoe replacement - they've NEVER lost a third pair of shoes . DD has had to replace stuff she's broken or defaced of DS's - several weeks of no pocket money (ie paying stuff off) has taught THAT lesson well.
I'm a little on the fence with this. I don't think kids should get paid for doing household chores- DS and I both live in the house, we both contribute to the mess so we can both clean it up (DS chore atm at 6 is to take the rubbish out- a 40m walk so we bought a wheelbarrow for the job). But than, I don't think they should just get money for nothing (if only that's how it worked). I also like the idea of putting money in seperate tins, and making them accountable for items usually supplied without question.
DS "contributed" to the buying of our car, and he's "contributing" to the purchasing of our caravan. He has $58 saved up so far! That'll get us a.......light bulb???
My DD is 3 and we get her to help with chores around the house. She currently helps load the washing machine, help make her bed, put her underwear away, vacuum her bedroom & helps unload the dishwasher. She gets $2 a week and puts it in her money box.
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