I was wondering what you all have your kids do for chores....or what YOU do for chores around the house. Also, what kind of allowance do you pay?
I have a ten year old with a terrible, horrible track record of never doing her chores. She has no major motivation (money does not and never will motivate her, nor does getting in trouble, being grounded, whatever) and has never done her chores with any regularity or frequency. She had the same chores for years: feed the cat and the turtle, fold the towels, and clean the bathroom sinks once a week. We added vacuuming the family room and hallway when she turned 9.
We were waiting for her to DO her chores without being told, either using a calendar or a chart or her own freaking memory.....and she had the same ones for 4 years and never ever got them down. We've hardly even paid her allowance, because there's never been a week that has gone by IN FOUR YEARS that she's done them without being told, reminded, pleaded with or else I've just done them for her.
So my seven year old.......has been dying to take over. She now feeds the cat and the turtle, folds the towels, and cleans the sinks. It's been a few weeks and I've never had to ask her to do anything. Not once. She's gotten paid the last three weeks!!! It's been wonderful!!!
My ten year old still has to vacuum downstairs, do the dishes, and sweep the kitchen. I feel like maybe I should add something outside?? It seems like her friends have WAY more chores.
What do you think??? Also, we're thinking of paying her $5/week even if she doesn't do her chores, $10 if she does. I hate this idea. But I feel like maybe if she knows what it's like to have money, that she'll want to earn more??