House For Six

Kids' Chores and Allowance

Deme Crinion4 Comments
After finally coming up with a weekly cleaning schedule for myself, I got to thinking about the kids.... 

Ready for my mom confession?  The kids have totally gotten away with little to no responsibilities around the house.  For years.  And when we have assigned chores or tasks we I've been very inconsistent with making sure they get done.

(This was Mia's room before we purged and organized it last year.  Granted this was the oh-my-gosh-I-can't-take-it-anymore moment after all three kids had a hay-day in here.  But still. Hurts my eye balls)

Part of that was due to the fact that we had 3 kids in 4 years (read: survival).  It was also about having too much stuff, and not being able to maintain it all....kind of the opposite of "a place for everything and everything in it's place".  It's hard to enforce room pick up when the kids aren't even sure where there stuff is supposed to go.  And then there was moving and all the house chaos that comes along with it.

Now that they're a bit older, and the house is getting a little more organized (constant work in progress), we could all benefit from a family chore system. 

Jack pulls up the rear of our kid caboose and he does more at 3 years old than Mia (our first) did - benefits of having older siblings to look up to.  Keeping in mind their individual personalities, here's a few age-appropriate chore ideas we came up with for each...

The 3-year old
-Help put away silverware from the dishwasher (he already does this)
-Match socks
-Help dust
-Help set table

The 4 year old
-Help Dad empty indoor trash cans before garbage day
-Match socks
-Help dust
-Help set table

The 6 year old
-Help take out the recycling
-Help with laundry (fold, deliver clothes, and I've started teaching her how to use the washing machine)
-Fold socks
-Set the table

Daily expectations for all (some still supervised):
-clear their dishes from the table after meals
-brush their teeth
-get dressed
-make beds before school
-keep their rooms tidy

They've also been asking about allowance.  I'm not sure if we're going to do that or a commission system, but we feel like it's the right time to start.  What's even the going rate for allowances these days??  What system do you use with your kids?  I would love to hear what's worked best for your family!

We're also fans of Dave Ramsey and I'm thinking about Financial Peace Junior.  Anyone have experience with it? 

Chore charts are in the works!

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!