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My hubby and I were debating the pros and cons of giving our children an allowance, and I'm curious how you handle this one in your home! My kids are aged ten, seven and three, and forever we've made them do chores around the house, however we don't pay them.
My husband feels that they should do chores simply because they should do them (and I agree!) However, especially as my ten year old is getting older I'd like him to learn how to handle his money wisely. I'm considering giving them one quarter each for specific chores, and leaving jars on the counter to add up their quarters in (and yes, I'm probably even cheap when giving them an allowance!) These are the chores that I feel are worth a quarter:
- Making their bed
- Unloading the dishwasher
- Taking out all the trash from the bathrooms
- Taking the garbage cans to the road and bringing them back in
At this point my kids only make beds on days they're not in school, and I would love for them to do them on school days too! (I've just had a hard time with that one since the bus is here well before 7 AM!) I figured that it takes me about 3 minutes to make the bed, so a quarter adds up to about $5 per hour – not a bad wage for a ten year old!
What do you think? Do you pay your children for chores, or as an allowance? Help me out on this one . . . and if you don't mind sharing, what do you think is an appropriate allowance for children of different ages?