Recently, Tripp has gotten really into purchasing toys. He wants to pick out new fun things and get packages delivered. I think it was a combo of his birthday and being at home more that lit the fire in him ha! However, we decided he needed to understand working and earning new items and also, that we only need so many new things. So sometimes he needs to chose items to donate that he doesn’t use anymore. All of this led us to really start to think about when to start chores?
How we started chores
We started the donation idea actually back at Christmas. He started to understand that we all want lots of things but we don’t need it all. Then as he got older and we were inside more he really started to crave new things. I decided to ask for suggestions on Instagram… and built onto what we had already been working on.
I want to preface that we have household responsibilities and chores. Responsibilities (like cleaning up after yourself, feeding the dog, making your bed) do not earn you allowance. What earns you allowance is going above and beyond your household responsibilities. For example, Tripp helps take his sisters diapers to the pale in the garage. Or if he helps me give the dog a bath he will earn money.
I was able to not only list the chores but I list two daily responsibilities since Tripp is learning those too. I feel like this is a great visual learning tool for him beyond just “earning a $1.”. You can download it free! I just laminated mine so I didn’t have to print it off every week. You can easily adjust task based on your child and fill it in depending on what they do each day.
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On average he has started to earn about $4-$5 a week in chores. We usually give him 50 cents to $1 depending on the tasks. I have been blown away at how he remembers how much money he has earned and that he knows he can continue to earn more. He has really started to understand and I can’t wait for him to earn enough to by himself something.
There are lots of great resources over on Pinterest too if you need additional help. When did you start to ask yourself when to start chores?
XOXO Gabbing Ginger
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