Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Working Mom Wednesday - Kids Chores

Working Mommy Wednesday

What chores do you have your children do, and at what age?
At what age (if any) did you start giving them an allowance and what is fair?

Our kids don't get an allowance...they get a commission.  We wanted to teach them to work hard, and that you don't get handouts in life - you have to earn what you get.  They get paid $5 a week, usually, if they've helped out that week.  They don't get paid every week, though - it's usually more like every other week.

My oldest (who is almost 8) takes out the trash and helps with yard work.  Both he and our youngest (who is almost 5) clean their rooms, put their dirty clothes in the hamper, etc.  While I'm out of school this summer, I'm going to teach them to clear the table and get their dishes ready for the dishwasher after every meal.

As they get older, I'll teach them more.  When I got married almost 10 years ago, I was clueless about to manage a house.  (In many ways, I still am!  lol)  I had lived at home and was a full-time student until I married my husband.  I couldn't cook, clean or do laundry.  I've always said that my kids will never leave home as unprepared as I was.  My oldest is already helping me in the kitchen - I call him my little sous chef - and wants to learn to cook meals totally on his own.  Mom's just not ready for that yet!  I also want them to learn to do their own laundry and clean.  My husband will have them doing more yardwork too as they get older.


Lisa @ This Mommy Works said...

The trend seems to be, have the kids help with yardwork. Hmmm, maybe I'll teach them how to pull weeds. They like to play in the dirt anyway :-)

Thanks for joining in this week!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

My eight and six year olds empty the dishwasher, take out garbage, clean their rooms, etc. Nothing major.

I implemented Dirt Destroyers a few months ago. Every Saturday we tackle each common room in the house together. Each of the three of us take turns with different tasks, ie; cleaning the toilet, scrubbing the tub, wiping counters and sinks, etc. I usually have to go back and touch up spots that they missed, but they are learning how to do a lot of things. They seem to take pride in knowing that they helped out with the real chores and they don't mind it at all because working together it goes so fast.

Julia said...

love your ideas!! getting lots of great stuff here!

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