Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Our System for Rewarding Children for Work Done Around the House

About a month ago, I asked for advice on ways for Sarah Beth and our other children to earn money by doing chores.  John and I did not want just to give money, as an allowance to our children, but we did want to be able to reward them for doing chores around the house.  We needed a way to document the chores done and how often, and we came up with this chore chart.

When one of these chores is done, the child gets a check mark in the appropriate spot.  We like this better than earning a set amount of money per week for setting the table or folding clothes because there are days when the table doesn't need to be set (because we eat out, rarely!) or there aren't any clothes to fold.  And sometimes, I just want to unload the dishwasher myself.  I added the "other" category in order to reward for other chores done, like vacuuming the kitchen floor.

At the end of the week, we tally up the check marks and shell out the money.  The only problem with this method is remembering to write down the check marks!

My mother had a great suggestion while she was here for when a child has a bad attitude about doing a requested chore:  making him do the chore anyway and removing a check mark.  We haven't  implemented this idea yet, but we're thinking about it!

How do you reward your children for chores done around the house?

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