Monday, June 10, 2013
My children once upon a time discovered that there are other children in the world who get paid for doing their chores and thought they should too. I told them that I would happily pay them for doing their chores, but that I would then be forced to charge them room and board. They quickly determined that they were coming out ahead by continuing to work without pay.
I do believe in allowances. I just don't tie them to chores. Allowances are for personal expenses and everyone in the family is eligible when there is enough money in the budget for them( there isn't right now, but that changes). My children also have the ability to earn extra money for special things by doing jobs above and beyond the norm. We have paid children for things like building fences, painting, and chopping trees. We do want our children to be able to earn money for things they really want and we do give them opportunities to do so. They just know that their reward for doing the dishes is getting to eat on clean plates and knowing that they have helped our family run smoothly. I guess it will have to do.