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    I can't remember if we have done this one or not. I came across this elsewhere and was surprised by the following discussion.

    Do you give your kids an allowance? Money for doing chores or do they just need to do what is asked?

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    Yes, I give Jace $2 for helping to take the trash and recycling outside on Sunday nights. If I ask him for help with other things, he will also receive a few more dollars here and there.

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    Normal jobs are just expected to be done. Something above and beyond like folding her little sisters clothes I might give a quarter (7yo). For my younger girls I give a sticker for an exceptional job on something.

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    Both, and they don't get much even at almost 9 and 10 they get $2 a week now. my 10 yo does the laundry and 9 yo the dishes. With my migraines everyday all day for this last year it has been a necessity that they help out, and only fair they get paid a bit. They do have to also keep their rooms clean and stuff cleaned up, and help without talking back other jobs. They get paid extra if I need them to wash and clean out the van for example, wash windows, floors, pull weeds, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Normal jobs are just expected to be done. Something above and beyond like folding her little sisters clothes I might give a quarter (7yo). For my younger girls I give a sticker for an exceptional job on something.
    Lol, a quarter? Is this the 1920's?

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    We recently switched to a system of giving them an allowance, but really it is all the money we would have given them in a week anyways. For example, they get all the money for lunches and clothing and other "necessities" and we dont give them another dime. If I ask them to do chores and it isnt done within a timely manner I will pay another child to do it and then take the money out of the childs allowance that didnt do the chore. It took less then a week for them to realize that they would lose money quickly for not doing what was asked of them. They are also figuring out that they can make their money go a lot farther if the shop for sales.
    They each have 3 age appropriate chores to do a day and then anything above and beyond that they make extra. My 12 year old is really wanting to buy more clothes now so she is constantly asking what she can do to make more money.
    Oh and the 10 year old and the 12 year old are totally in charge of their own laundry, which they actually love. They have found it much easier to keep track of their things if they are the only ones dealing with it.
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    Once ds is older he will get pocket money, a small amount just for neing him, then chores which will earn up to the rest. money can be docked for not completing chores, misbehaviour etc, extra chosres can earn extra or other rewards. It won't be a huge amount though i'm not a give your kids $20 for pocket money kind of person

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    Nope. He's expectex to help with everything we do becajse he'sa member of our family. When he gets older we may rethink it. I think 2 for taking out the trash is insane. Must be nice to have that kind of extra money to give to your kid for stuff they're supposed to do.

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    My youngest daughter (5) is not a hard worker and we struggle to get her to complete basic chores like keeping her room clean and clearing her spot at the table. Those are required duties and do not receive any pay. Now that we have a puppy she is also required to take her out and help clean up after her (those things she does happily).

    My oldest daughter (7) loves to help out around the house and is always willing to do extra to be helpful. She cleans her bathroom (other than the toilet and mirror), cleans baseboards, sweeps, etc. Because she is so helpful she earns $5/week which she always saves and spends on gym class. She knows that gym is an extra, so if she wants to do it she'll have to pay for it. In addition I will sometimes buy her something small or take her out for something special if I see that she's had extra good behavior lately. For example, a few days ago I took her to Cold Stone after dinner which was a big treat because we rarely go out for ice cream. I'm hoping that my youngest will see that she is missing out and will decide on her own to take on some more responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    Lol, a quarter? Is this the 1920's?
    What does a 7yo need more than a quarter for? She does not go places without us and we pay for the the things she needs.

    I am more in the camp that every member of the family needs responsiblies and does not need to get paid for doing what they are told.

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