We pay our kids to do chores. Yes you read that right. WE PAY our kids do to chores. Only we do not call them chores. We call them commission work. They get paid according to how they do their work. It is how it works in life. Or in a fair world that is how it would work for everyone. They get paid if they complete their job and have a good attitude about it. if their attitude is bad then they still complete the work but do not get paid. We want to teach them that attitude about your work affects not only you but everyone around you. I think that God knew this when he instructed us to do our work as if we were working for Him and not men. He knew that our attitude would play a big part in our life. If you are doing it for someone you love then it makes doing the unwanted job a bit easier. So here goes. I hope that you can glean something from our lives! And lets be honest.... we can all use the help cause little people makes a bad ass mess around the home!
~ wash dishes
~ feed the dog
~ walk the dog
~ take out the trash
~ wash your laundry
~ cook lunch and dinner
~ clean the bathroom
~ sweep and mop
~ wash windows
~ water the plants
~ organize the bedroom shelves
They are required to do their job to the best of their ability. I can't stress that enough. My 6 yr old will not cook the same kind of dinner as my 14 yr old. But the 6 yr old is learning and the 14 yr old has already been taught.
(Side note~ when I am making the grocery list they have to decide what they want to cook and let me know. Then they have to look through the cupboard to figure out what we have and what we need to buy. They all go to the store with their list already made for their cooking day. They then find the items in the store. We strongly feel it is important for them to know how to meal plan, grocery shop, and make their food.)
The last line on the chart is for their everyday helping. Things that they help with everyday and do not get paid for. It takes everyone in the family working together to make the family move in the right direction. We put things on the everyday helping like make you bed, help fold laundry, clean out the car. They need to know how to help without getting paid and having a good attitude about it.
They get paid every night before bed. Their first day of money goes into their God jar. They sponsor 2 little kids from Africa with it. They next two days go into their savings. The last two days go into their spending jar. They have big mason jars that their cash goes into. Then it makes it easy for them to watch it grow. If they have a day or two that they don't get paid it affects their spending not their God jar. That is how it works in real life. You have to pay your bills first before you spend!
There is a reason we decided to pay our kids. We want them to be use to having money. Use to having it sit there. Use to having some go into savings. Use to budgeting their cash to be able to afford their purchase. We are hoping that it will be second nature for them and will be a life changing tool for them as adults. Most adults can't budget their cash and have a difficult time with their spending problems. Society today thinks that you have to have a car payment to be able to have a decent car. Or a credit card to be able to afford your lifestyle/ credit score. Debt is second nature to society now days. We want our kids to have the tools to live debt free. To have the self control over their income. It is harder to learn and change habits as adults then as kids. We have no idea if this will work how we are hoping it will because our oldest is 14. But it seems to be. She wanted to make a bow and some arrows. She researched online for weeks on how to make one. She went to home depot to look at wood and get prices. She asked her dad what tools he had. We went on our spending day and she purchased all of her items. Came home and spent a few weekends working on it with her dad. She made her own bow for $14! it shot about 300 feet and she was so proud of it! We were so proud of her! So far it seems to be working!
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope that this encourages you to teach chores and budgeting to your kids. They gotta learn budgeting, attitude control, and helping somewhere. If not from you then society will teach them.