Just wondering what your views were on this. And how much?
We have gone the allowance route. Want the kids to expect to do certain things just because they are part of the family. Don’t want them to have the option of saying “No”, cause they don’t need/want the money right then. And other than keeping their rooms clean and getting good grades, they don’t have a lot of specific chores. But they are expected to pitch in pleasantly and do a good job when we ask them to, whether folding laundry, walking the dog, setting/clearing the table, raking, etc.
If you pay for specific chores, which ones and how much?
We give rather low allowances because we feel like we buy the kids just about everything the need/want (within reason). My 9 and 10 year olds get $2 a week, and my 12 year old is in jr. high and gets $5. And their allowance is theirs to spend however they want. Being the original cheap ass polack, sometimes it bugs me when they blow a few bucks on some total piece of crap, but that was how we set it up. And they might learn something that way.
Occasionally if a kid wants something expensive and can’t wait for birthday (or x-mas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc. - doesn’t take much of a holiday for us to give out presents) we might try to identify some specific work out fo the ordinary for a few bucks, but that doesn’t happen often.
(And we won’t even touch the tooth fairy’s going rate. My kids long ago realised that the toothfairy that visited Casa Dinsdale is a cheapskate.)
One of these days I’ll post something that doesn’t have to do with kids. Oh yeah, that will be right after I GET A LIFE!