A.) They already have everything they need, plus extra.
- What would the kids spend OUR money on? Candy, tiny forgettable toys, and arcade games. Since it's not really THEIR money, it's easily taken for granted and thrown away.
- An allowance just slaps a couple of bills in little, entitled hands without teaching kids what a gift it is. Someone had to work for it. It doesn't just drop out of the sky. Even if they did a chore or two that week, it usually isn't even. Someone always did more work than someone else. It's hard to grasp how much the work/money is truly worth.
- I find quarters everywhere. Kids lose things, forget things, misplace things. Giving our kids money with no strings attached is like tossing it out of a window. They need to feel a sense of ownership for money to hold value to them.
Our kids have understood this for a while now, but as parents, we're not always consistent in implementing a system. So after a couple of weeks of my oldest daughter whining about not having any money, I finally got around to starting fresh. Believe it or not, I got this idea from a random viewing of Wife Swap (must have been an exciting night on T.V. ha!):
|Our Job Board: Proverbs 14:23 (pardon the duct tape.)|
Here are some of the job opportunities our family delegates to the kiddos:
|Each job has a specified payment amount you can earn.|
- Fold 1 load of laundry
- Take dirty clothes to laundry room
- Wash 1 load of laundry
- Straighten closet
- Empty 1 trash can
- Sweep 1 floor area
- Pack school lunch
- Put clean clothes away
- Clean out van
- Donate 1 box of toys
- Straighten 1 shelf/desk area
- Unload dishwasher
- Set the dinner table
By setting up a commission based chore system at home, not only do our kids learn an important life lesson, but the parents get a little help too! And our children learn to grow up into self-sufficient adults. It's a WIN-WIN-WIN.
Now, if only my kids could keep their hard-earned money in one place...
Do you have a system like this at your home? What does it look like? What other jobs do your kids help out with? SHARE!