Today's guest post is from Jenny, mom of 4-year-old twins. She has created a great system to help her girls learn about chores and allowance that she shared with me after my request last month on how to approach this concept with my kids.
- Playroom clean-up (this mommy does not pick up ANY toys)
- Food helper (assists with meal prep getting items out of fridge and pantry and putting things back while I am cooking/baking)
- Recycling helper (takes all cans, bottles, jars and newspapers to the recycling bins in the garage)
- Feed/water dogs
- Table setter (puts on silverware, napkins, condiments before each meal)
- Meal clean-up (wipes down placemats and booster seats and sweeps under table/chairs with whisk broom after each meal. They both hate this chore, but do it.)
- Get mail (everyone loves this chore)
- Plant watering (household plants- may become a daily chore now that we've planted tomatoes/herbs)
- Coupon cutting (yes, my kids cut out all of the coupons- great for scissor skills. Plus that's how I have taught them to read the values of money)
- Laundry helper (bring all dirty clothes from bedrooms to the laundry room, brings down weekly drycleaning, matches all socks, and folds all washcloths, dish towels, rags, etc.)
- Empty Garbage Cans (empty all trash cans in all bathrooms, offices, bedrooms)
One daughter learned an important lesson yesterday that you have to save (even within your spend drawer) to get what you want. She wants a stuffed rabbit from Build-A-Bear Workshop. It will cost about $18 with no outfits. She has $7.63. It will be end of summer before she can afford a naked rabbit. She was really disappointed when we counted yesterday because the $7.63 looked like a lot to her. We have talked a lot about how if you spend all of your spending money right away on small things, its gone and you won't have it to save up and buy something bigger. Both girls plan to pool their share money to help pets and people with no homes. So far our system is working well!