We have been consistently inconsistent about chores and allowance around here. We tried giving Jesse an allowance over a year ago but we quickly learned he was not old enough to handle money and saving and our house was filling up with cheap $1 toys. So, we stopped after a while. There are things that we expect the kids to do and we don't let them get away without doing them: taking their dishes to the sink after eating and feeding the dog. We have those down. But we are getting to the point where we know they are old enough to be doing more and also old enough to get some allowance. Jesse is also learning about money at school so we thought it would be a good time to start again. The question for us has always been how to make not make a do a job, get paid system. So, this is what we came up with for now:
Jesse and Karis each have a chart (that have been up on the wall for two years now!).
The top section includes responsibilities that come with being a part of the family and taking care of yourself: clearing the table, taking care of the pet, getting dressed and putting away toys. They will get a set amount of allowance every week for being a part of the family, we are sharing the family income with them. So, the expectation is that if they share in the family earnings, they also share in the family responsibilities. But, each individual chore is not "earned". The honor jobs are those things that go above and beyond the expected responsibilities (the meaning of honor). They will be paid extra for doing these things (for Jesse: making his bed and taking out the compost) if they do them at least five times a week.
The bottom section lists chores that are to be done on the weekend. There are also heart habits listed, things that we would like them to work on personally. For Jesse, it is showing respect and apologizing without being prompted. They will get a smiley every time we "catch" them doing these habits and when they have a certain combined total, they get to chose where we eat on the weekend.
We will make them tithe part of their earnings and they are not allowed to spend any of it until it is a certain amount (that way we eliminate the cheap toys).
So, here's our attempt to instill responsibility, intentional heart building and money management!
I will let you know how long it lasts!
How have you handled family responsibility and allowance in your family?