Neither hubby or myself received allowances for chores or schooling. For chores, we were both raised with the philosphy of : You are a part of this house, you make a mess in this house you will contribute to the cleaning of it.Period.
My older brother decided he had had enough of mowing lawns and decided it was time that I, 12 years old, learn how to use the mower. I wasn’t stupid, it was his job and I would narc on him for having me do his work until there was some kind of graft involved. I was paid $10 a week to do his chore. When Mom found out, he got yelled (as I knew he would) at and that ended the mula ( I knew that was coming too) and the chore became mine for life.
As for school, I remember alot of kids getting money for good grades. I always wished I had that incentive, being the penny pincher I was in school, but it simply wasn’t done and in retrospect would not have made a difference in my grades. Then a life lesson down the road taught me WHY this wasn’t done in my family.
I worked with a woman who, if her kids got all A’s throughout high school, would receive a BRAND NEW FORD CAR of their choice. (Daddy worked at Ford) Both kids, nice & good students, but spoiled and lazy, picked the top of the line Mustangs.Neither of them would drive their cars to/from college because they didn’t want to put alot of miles on them. So mommy would have to schlepp them to two different campuses.Also, they wouldn’t drive their cars in the winter because Mustangs blow chunks for traction in the winters here. So, they’d borrow one of their parents cars. Meanwhile Mommy and Daddy drove beat up shitter cars that were well past their use because of the payments, even with the discount, they couldn’t afford a new car. Both these kids have been given everything: car, paid college, Oh-you-can-quit=that-job-because-it’s-to-hard, deposit on a house…etc and I wish I could be around when the parents finally die and see just what losers they raised. These kids have never worked hard for anything in their lives.