My children have been receiving a weekly allowance since they were 3 years old. Jeff and I agreed that Alex and Jami would have to use their own money to purchase "extras" they yearned for. We foot the bill for food and clothes, cause we're good parents like that.
Our goal is to teach our children to manage money and realize that they can only buy items that they can actually afford. No money, no toy (or whatever). It is very important to us that we raise our children to be financially responsible adults.
At 3 years old, their chores were limited. But now, oh the glory of their chore capability now! It has come in particularly handy of late, because I am super-swamped with painting, staining, etc at the house.
Alex cooks breakfast now, saving me at least 10-15 minutes in the morning. They are both dishwashers, hallelujah, so that chore is also crossed off my list. Add to that vacuuming, dusting, making beds and pretty much anything that doesn't involve cleaning products. I don't want them exposed to all those toxins, cause I'm a good parent like that.
And the best part is...they don't even complain because they are so excited to make money! They each get $4 a week. Oh, my friends, I am getting such a bargain for only $8 a week.
And I saved the best for last...guess what chore I added to their list this week? Giving mommy a back massage! Yep, that's right. Two maids and two massage therapists for only $8 a week. Makes a mama proud, I tell ya...
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