I’m not sure how you all feel about allowances. I got one and so did my boys. I just felt that kids needed to have money in order to learn about it. I’m not sure why, but my boys loved “work charts” for a long time. I know with some kids charts don’t work but mine really liked them. I used to make them out of tag board and I had stickers and stamps that they would use to mark off what they needed to do.
When they were young, I kept them simple with things like “make my bed” and “brush my teeth.” Just simple everyday things that they did anyway so getting a sticker or a stamp on them was just like icing on the cake. I like to think they got used to it and as they grew, the charts had bigger chores like “set the table” and “change the litter.” I will say though that I tried to give my kids chores that suited them and things that they didn’t hate to do.
This is a very good news article that was on a few weeks ago. I pretty much agreed with the whole thing. I know a lot of people don’t believe in allowances because they feel you are “paying” your kids to do chores that they should be doing anyway but I don’t see it that way. I feel it’s a way of “giving” them money in order to learn what to do with it. This broadcast states that kids at age 5 should be starting to get one.
It can also help with the “can I have this,” “can I have that” when at the store. If they have their own money, it can help to make them think about spending it instead of making you the bad guy. I will admit that when I took my kids to the store I did let them get a treat if they behaved. This will only work if you are consistent and your kids know if you say no, you mean it. It doesn’t take very long for them to know if they broke the rules they didn’t get that pack of gum. Bribing you say, okay, I’ll admit it, I did bribe them but I probably would have let them get a treat at the checkout anyway if they behaved so it killed two birds with one stone. My opinion only. But this article also states that things start out with a pack of gum and then it’s a small toy and it only goes on to bigger and more expensive things. I never did that but I guess some people do so why not start making them spend their own money on it so they know how hard it is to earn and way to easy to spend?
I also didn’t give my kids their allowance if every chore wasn’t done. This way they couldn’t just do the ones they didn’t mind. It was also this way for me when I was young. My dad used to say that when you have a job, you don’t get paid just for what you like to do. That you have to do your entire job in order to get paid. That made a lot of sense to me.
My kids also had to put part of their money in the bank and their offering envelopes for Sunday school. So they donated, saved and had money to spend. I’m not sure if it worked or not. I have a spender and a saver. It probably just comes down to your personality but I felt I tried. My kids also didn’t have to buy anything they needed with their allowance. Only the things that they really wanted but I felt were to much money just to buy them. When they were old enough to drive and had to pay insurance, they had to have a job. I felt that cars and insurance were just a part of life and were a luxury and you need to work for those things.
What about you? Do you make your kids do chores and if so, do you give them an allowance or plan to when they’re old enough?