DD2 is 9 nearly 10 and she gets $10 a fortnight, this is for unpacking the dishwasher usually once a day - but sometimes twice a day, bringing in the wheelie bins, keeping the cats water bowl topped up and washing her 5 year old sisters hair in the shower. At times we might ask her to do other odd jobs here and there.
She has to do these things without complaining and when she is asked - if she complains or doesn't do it when asked she gets a "strike", one strike equals 50 cents, and this is deducted off her fortnightly amount, but she can also earn extra if we think she has done a particualry good job with something, or done something without being asked etc.
Keeping her bedroom tidy, cleaning her teeth and getting ready for school is not part of her pocket money - it is something we expect of her as a member of the family.
DD3 gets $4 a fortnight - she doesn't really understand the concept of money but she has a money box and a school bank account. Her job is to feed the cat dry food and hold DD1's hand when I brush her hair in the mornings (DD1 has a disability and HATES having her brushed, but loves it when her little sister holds her hands!). We expect her to get herself dressed for kinder and put her lunch box and drink bottle in her bag as well as keep her room tidy - again these are things we just expect of her, not things that are done for pocket money.
Both girls are expected to put money in their school bank accounts each week. DD2 likes to keep about $10 in her money box for extra's and the rest she saves. At the moment she is saving up for an ipod. She has $185 so far, when she gets to $250 we will make up the rest.
At Christmas time we also go halves with them in a present for the local Giving Tree - they have to use their own money for this - and they get to choose the present and how much is spent. So far they have been really good at picking out things they would like to receive, and not too cheap either.
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21-07-2013 14:48 #11
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21-07-2013 15:10 #13
My DS1 is 5 and gets $1 a week pocket money. He came up with a list of jobs with me. He already did most of this stuff but now he does it without me asking in order to earn his pocket money. I did this because he has friends that seem to get given new things often. I've only ever bought him things on his birthday or Christmas. He got Skylanders for his birthday in April and was really wanting characters so he could do the challenges. So I started the pocket money. (He also sells off toys he's grown out of so can update that way as well.) I've always been a fantastic budgeter and can save money really well. Even becoming a single parent and having a family income which is now $100,000+ less I still can save and I want to install this in my boys. Sorry to harp on there ....
Jobs he does are:
Set table for meals and puts plates in sink after.
Pack up outside area (toys etc.)
Unpack his bag in the afternoon
Plus he just helps me out in general
My DS2 who is 2 puts his stuff in the sink and 'helps' pack up but no pocket money.
As I said he was already doing this as we are a team but now he does it without me asking him to as often.
We went to grab an ice cream last night and DS1 asked if he could pay for his with his pocket money. Very cute.
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21-07-2013 15:11 #14
21-07-2013 15:14 #15
Self care and basic life necessities are not paid, they are just what we have to teach out children so they can survive. As a friend who is a child psychologist says "We shouldn't be rewarding children just for breathing, it just lowers the bar. Give them something to strive for, more than a PC goal of mediocrity"
Oh and I am speaking from experience, seeing I have already had the opportunity to get it wrong . Trust me, it makes it very hard during the teenage years when you realise you should have made them work a bit harder for things.
21-07-2013 15:14 #16
At this stage, my 5 & 3 year old put their plates in sink, pack up after themselves, put dirty clothes in the washing basket. I don't have set chores yet, but they always want to help me vacuum, mop, spray table, hang washing out and fold it etc. but really, they're more of a hindrance at this stage. I still let them help, but just smile and encourage, however, inside I want to scream, lol
21-07-2013 15:37 #17
My 4yr old dd has a job chart. She has to make her bed, feed the dog, feed the fish, get dressed without arguing about clothing options, and clean up her toys. She gets a stamp for each job each day and at the end of the weekend, do a family excursion of her choosing. No money. Though she saw something she wanted at the shops and she has to do her jobs for 2 weeks without missing any, and DH said he will buy it for her.
She is also expected to set the table at dinner time, help out with cooking, put clothes in the laundry, put clean clothes away etc. but they are part of contributing to our family and not being lazy.
21-07-2013 15:40 #18Junior Member
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Thanks so much for your posts & comments, makes me realise how good DD has it, LOL! We've had a big discussion about it and pointed out how important it is that we all pull together, and help out by doing whatever chores need to be done without complaining, that's what being a family is all about. I totally agree with everyone's comments along those lines. Thank again
21-07-2013 15:59 #19
DS is 2 years and 9 months and he has to put his dirty clothes in the washing basket, he helps set the table and unpack the dish washer. Each week I put $20 into his bank account and he gets a few dollars in coins to put into his money box.
21-07-2013 16:07 #20
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