Every parent has different viewpoints on the issue of allowance for their children. Some give their children money when they complete certain chores. Other give a weekly/monthly allowance. Still others figure that children should not get an allowance at all.
As for my husband and I, we decided to give a monthly allowance that is unrelated to household chores. We feel that she should not get paid for doing what she should do anyways in contributing to the home. But, having a small allowance allows us to teach her good habits in budgeting, saving, and prioritizing. That said, if she is completely disregarding her role in the family by being completely lazy or not listening, we can suspend her allowance arrangement at any time.
That’s just our own take though. Ultimately, no matter what method is chosen, our goal as parents is to teach our children the value of work and how to responsibly handle money. My Job Chart is a valuable (and free!) tool in helping to do this, and the 75,000 others that are using it agree!
My Job Chart is the online alternative to the standard chore chart. Kids these days are all about technology. Stickers on an 8″x11″ refrigerator magnet doesn’t get them very excited, especially when they get older. With this site, they can log on with their personal username and password to check what chores need to be done that day.
When they complete tasks they can use the points accrued toward rewards such as going to the zoo, tv time, and even Disneyland. Amazon.com is integrated so they can even save up for actual items. You’ll get a text when they are ready so you can follow up in fulfilling those rewards.
The great thing about My Job Chart is that it was created by a parent (of six) – so the functionality is 100% on target. There’s a huge list of common chores/jobs but you can add any that are are applicable to your family. The included images are terrific but you can change those as well, coming in handy if one child cannot yet read.
Teaching your child(ren) good worth ethics can never start too early. Many these days become lazy or have a lack of appreciation. Parents have a unique opportunity to raise responsible, generous adults and such a reward system really works in reinforcing those ideas while allowing your kids to gain a sense of accomplishment and pride.