Sophie and Lawson have asked if they can start getting an allowance.
Corey and I are trying to figure out the best way to start this.
(Ok... mainly me. He's just kind of going along with me.) =)
I want to tie it in to chores somehow, but am trying to figure out the best way to do that.
We tried daily chores for awhile this summer and it just wasn't working out too well for us.
Mainly because Corey and I don't enforce them enough. Too often it gets to the end of the night, we have put them all in bed and we realize that we didn't have them pick up enough of their stuff. So then we end up doing it. Not proud of that, but it's the way it is right now.
So I'm thinking that we need to come up with some kind of weekly chore system. Things that need to be done over the course of the week (or that can all be accomplished in one day if they choose to wait...) and that doing a satisfactory job would result in an allowance.
I found this idea on Pintrest and really like the concept of moving the clothespins...
(Sorry... no source was listed with the picture.)
The kids have suggested a dollar a week. I think Corey and I are cool with that.
What I'm thinking right now is to come up with 10 chores... and they can earn a dime for each chore.
* Cleaning their room
* Closets organized
* Cubbies organized
* Their spot in the van clean (and food free) (Seriously... this one would be huge!)
* Write a letter/kind note to someone
It would obviously be easiest on them if they kept this up throughout the week and didn't save it all for Saturday. But... if they did, they could still get these things done. And honestly, I'm thinking of doing it this way because I know Corey and I won't be on the ball enough to make sure that daily chores are getting done. (at least not at this point in life)
We would also like to start working on the whole saving/spending/giving concept with them. I've heard of people having 3 different jars and putting a little in each jar. How do you do that when you're dealing with dollar bills?? (I realize you can do coins instead of a dollar, but don't kids think it's more exciting to get a dollar bill than to get 10 dimes?)
So what do you think? Is there a better way to do this??
What other chores should we add to our list?
Thanks for any help or suggestions! =)