Anyone have any advice about allowance / chores for a 7 year old?

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Heidi - posted on 02/01/2009

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my daughter is 10 now but the allowence is still the same. I give her 5 dollars a week. She has to clean her room but i will put her laundry away. Then the chores differ some days she will help me set the table or take the dog for a walk. Sometimes take the garbage out and so forth. I let her spen her money how she likes but when it is gone it's gone. This way she will learn the value of money as well that everyone needs to help with family chores. Hope this help good luck.

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We don't tie allowance to chores.  I think that as part of this family they should do chores anyway.  Afterall, we pay for Cubs, swim lessons, dance lessons, basketball, etc.  Plus all the extras. 



We give them (ages 10 and 7) $2.50 per week.  If they were to get invited on an outing with friends, we cover the expense.  The $2.50 per week is for candy or can be saved.  My 10 year old has saved his allowance and any birthday money he gets from his grandparents or friends and has been able to buy himself a $100 lego set, a game boy, and a set of golf clubs.  My 7 year old, on the other hand, spends the money as soon as she has it.



 

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Nyc - posted on 06/15/2011

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I have a 10 year old and I don't have a set allowance for him, he needs way too much money for tuition at school. But i do pay him for his test grades and doing chores around the house. His grades have improved immensely and he actually finds things around the house to do to get money.

Cory - posted on 06/15/2011

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I have a 7 yr. old & 4 yr. old boys & I don't pay them an allowance for chores. I think that they should help w/ the daily running of the home by cleaning their own rooms.. Which includes making the bed(s) & putting their clothing neatly away. They also have to feed/water the pets & help w/ cleaning the cage & yard. They help w/ washing the cars & picking up their toys in their playroom & bedroom. If we go to the store & they have behaved we buy them a small treat OR give them money to put into our DISNEY bank. *my 4yr. old just cleaned his/brothers room for a piece of candy. He was very proud of his handywork in making the bunkbeds & putting toys in their place & he got lots of hugs & praise as well as a small piece of candy !

Sami - posted on 02/09/2009

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I don't tie allowance to chores, I think that they should put in their part in the family. They get allwance for other things. I have a 9yr & 2yr old. The 9yr old has had chores since she was 3yrs old, I was a single mom on active duty working shift work all kinds of hours,  they have changed over the years due to her age. As of right now the kids have a jar with popsicle sticks in it (about 20 of them) with the chores that they normally do written on each of them to include some special days off.  Every weekday they pull two (the 2 yr old pulls one) and they do their chores and move it to the completed jar.  If they don't do it that day they have to pull one extra one the following day.  I used to have chore charts for them as well but they got bored with it.  My two year old's chore chart was mostly pictures that shows him what needed to be done. Helped with picture association...  The nine year old had just words...  But they marked it off as they did it. 



 



The 9 year olds chores are:



feeding the dogs, making bed, keeping room clean, folding & putting her clothes away, putting dishes away, taking out the trash, keeping their bathroom clean...



 



the 2 year olds chores are:



making bed, helping clean bathroom, helping washing the dishes, helping to cook, putting clothes away as I tell him what number draw to put it in... 



 



 

Marcelle - posted on 02/05/2009

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Yes, we have everyday chores that everyone just has to do, no payment ever. Other chores, like taking the garbage out, clearing or setting the table, we have set a price on. Each has chosen what they're prepared to do each day / week/ as necessary, and they get about AUD$15 a fortnight. If they don't do the chore properly they get fired. One saves, the other doesn't. It's their money. If they expect expensive gifts, they are encouraged to contribute towards it otherwise it won't materialize.



My daughter has just started high school so she also gets a separate allowance of $20 a month for small things she wants and to go have a cooldrink with friends. Enough to do somethings with a bit of thought.

Allison - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Linda:

I have a seven and an eight year old and we have recently set up chore charts for them. It outlines what needs to be done when, and they check off the chore when its done. While we don't have a specific amount of money directly tied to each chore, we feel that they need to be contributing in order to earn a small portion of the overall family income. They are responsible for sef care, like bathing, brushing teeth, hair (and cleaning up after those activities) clearing table (including wiping table, vacuuming floor if necessary, getting their backpack and agenda and any other items they need for school ready and lunch kits dealt with (cleaned out and put away) after school as well. On the weekends they have "extras" like emptying dishwasher, putting away and folding clothes. We have also started having family meetings to discuss the chores as well as fun stuff like vacation planning and family nights (which happen once every three weeks, where one person is in charge of planning the activity and food for the evening)

Hope this helps you...

Linda


 

Linda - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have a seven and an eight year old and we have recently set up chore charts for them. It outlines what needs to be done when, and they check off the chore when its done. While we don't have a specific amount of money directly tied to each chore, we feel that they need to be contributing in order to earn a small portion of the overall family income. They are responsible for sef care, like bathing, brushing teeth, hair (and cleaning up after those activities) clearing table (including wiping table, vacuuming floor if necessary, getting their backpack and agenda and any other items they need for school ready and lunch kits dealt with (cleaned out and put away) after school as well. On the weekends they have "extras" like emptying dishwasher, putting away and folding clothes. We have also started having family meetings to discuss the chores as well as fun stuff like vacation planning and family nights (which happen once every three weeks, where one person is in charge of planning the activity and food for the evening)



Hope this helps you...



Linda

Carlee - posted on 02/02/2009

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My sons are 5 and 8 and they have a daily chart they follow...Like get dressed...eat...put dishes away...feed pets etc. and they have to check everything off daily...if they do all or most of it they will get something at the end of the week like 5 dollars or something special. Be careful if you do chores and extra's for money like dishes=$1 because One time I ended up handing My son $40 lol I learned my lesson Quick...Hope this helps

Bethany - posted on 02/01/2009

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I don't give my kids allowance mostly because we can't afford it all the time. I do let them "earn" money for doing things that aren't part of their "regular expected chores"

I have a list of chores like collecting all the trash and taking it out. Crushing soda cans, emptying dishwasher, vacuuming certain rooms. Picking up dining room and living room, picking up outside toys, washing mirrors. They are expected to make their beds every morning and clean their rooms when told to. I still do their rooms for them sometimes or help them do it. Each chore is on it's own piece of paper and folded up and put in a box, at the beginning of each week then select a chore or two from their box and that's their chore for the week. My oldest (8) selects 2-3 chores, my youngest (4) selects 1-2 chores. They don't always get stuck with the same chore so that helps.

One time my oldest said, "who's going to do the other ones that aren't selected?" I laughed I said, who do you think? My husband and I do whatever chores the kids aren't responsible for.

Dave Ramsey has some good books for kids on teaching the value of money, allowances, etc. I'm thinking about using his principles with my own kids and starting with getting one of his books. . . you can look him up online.

Tammy - posted on 02/01/2009

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we give our 7 year old daughter some basic chores, she loads the diswasher with her own dishes and helps me clean her own room and she helps fold landry and put her own away. We all do these type of things daily as a family and we don't pay the kids an allowance to do them because we consider these things teach cooperation and pride, if there is anything our kids really want they usually get it for a gift and we also teach the kids about recycling and being green by letting them take used toys they no longer play with to the second hand store and they get to keep the money to buy new toys and the trade used video games in towards new video games, we also buy as many toys, clothing, movies, and games used to teach our children to respect both the budget and the planet. my kids wear much nicer second hand cloths then we could affort if we went to buy them all new. We are blessed in our area that many people with money have yard sales and take advantage of resell shops. Pawn america and gamestop are great places for used games and movies. If they do special chores for grandma she usually pays them and so the kids still get money without my husband and I paying the kids to take an active roll in the family rythem.

Natalie - posted on 02/01/2009

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I recently saw a Dr Phil episode last week that had a teacher, Susan Becham, who wrote a book about spending money that targets elementary aged students.  It is called  The Millionare Kids Club.  I haven't bought it yet, but will.  She talked about a piggy bank she shares with her class that is sectioned into 4 parts.  "Spend", "save", "donate", and "invest".  If you check out Dr Phil's website you might find the info you want: 



http://www.drphil.com/slideshows/slidesh...



Oprah had some info, too.  http://www.oprah.com/subtopic/money/pare...  

Sunnie - posted on 02/01/2009

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Those are all wonderful suggestions!  Thank you all so much.  I am going to try and take a tid bit from each of you and see what I can come up with.  I'll let you all know how it goes!  Thanks!

Quatia - posted on 02/01/2009

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Washing walls, helping pull clothes from the dryer to the basket, pushing/pulling the basket for me to carry up the stairs, making his bed, helping wash dishes, vaccuuming carpet (small vac), putting dirty clothes in sorted bins (dark, light, white), putting stuff in the garbage, helping choose his clothes the day before for school, putting away his mouth stuff for bed (listerine, inspector hector, toothpaste and toothbrush) ...

As far as allowance... I dont really give him a set amount but he is saving up for a trip to Atlanta to visit my mom...so I give him spare change after I go to the store, so far he's up to $32.00 :)

Shannon - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hello,I am a mother of a 9 yr.old and 6yr.old.I give mine chores like taking the trash out and helping out w/light work.I have a price on what chore they do.Like taking the trash out will earn them $1.00 ect....hope this helps =)

Fiona - posted on 02/01/2009

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Our son is 7 1/2 & his chores include empting the dishwasher, picking up the doggy poop of the lawn(it's his pup) and keeping his room tidy.He can earn $ money by doing other jobs such as weeding the garden / washing the car / household chores.Hope this helps?

Wendy - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter is a little younger (5 1/2) and we give her 1 dollar a week. She has to make her bed in the morning, put away her toys after playing with them, put her dirty dishes in the sink and put her dirty clothes in the hamper.



She doesn't know the value of money yet, so we thought a dollar was plenty. We explained to her that that was enough to buy a candy bar or something at the dollar store, or she could save up for something bigger.



Maybe at 7, they could help with things like garbage and empting the dishwasher??



Hope this helps.

Kim - posted on 02/01/2009

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i have a 7 and 8 years old i give them 3 dollars a week which one must be used for church. the chores which we change all the time so they don't get bored they include feeding the pets, pulling some weeds in the garden, taking the garbage out, helping bring the groceries in the house

Jennie - posted on 02/01/2009

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Quoting Sunnie:

Anyone have any advice about allowance / chores for a 7 year old?




Hi I would say a couple of dollars/pounds would suffice. they only need enough to buy sweets dont they? and little toys. hope this helps 

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