Do you pay for chores?

We do pay for chores.

Since the children were three years old we’ve paid them a dollar per year . The 3-year old got $3 per payday to blow on anything she wanted. The 5-year old got $5. That worked well for years! 

In the last two years we’ve all joined scouting. John’s in Cub Scouts, the girls are in Girl Scouts, and I’m the Girl Scout leader. Recently, we’ve also noticed some inflation and recession signs in the economy. (tongue in cheek) So we’ve switched to “virtual money.” The kids earn their 20 coins and I credit their account with their age in dollars. We use those dollar credits to pay for our recreation activities: scouting events, joining choir, clothes they need for activities like cheer uniform, movies, etc. It keeps them from blowing their money and still wanting more to go places and do things.

That’s too much to keep track of.

I completely agree, there have been years when all this would have been too much to keep track of. But right now with me as a stay at home mom, homeschooling only two kids, and the kids are older at age 7, 9, and 12, it is working and has been for six months.


One Response

  1. I thought I would add, we do not pay for regular household chores. Our daughters are exptected to keep their own room and bathroom picked up and care for their pets. They are required to help with laundry, dishes, vacuuming, and scouring about three times a week. For this, they get to do competition cheerleading, girl scouts (*wink*), horse back riding, clothes shopping and activities with their friends pretty much with no hesitation from us.

    That is what works for us. 🙂 It eliminates keeping track of anything, which I would not be able to do with everything else 😳

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