Chores ideas please?

Katrina - posted on 10/17/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hi folks! Walter is 7 and is looking to earn extra pocket money (to save up for a particular Ultimate Alien). He gets his allowance (a Euro a week) for chores like feeding the pets and setting the table; chores like cleaning up his own room are just a social responsibility thing and have to be done regardless of allowance. Today he was weeding for me but there are only so many weeds, and he's pressuring me for more "money chores". We've thought of dusting... He's too short to reach most of the windows. Ideas?

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Sapna - posted on 10/25/2011

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As for the weeds, assign a value to a small pail or bucket and that should provide some motivation versus "weed with me until it is done". For bathroom cleaning; he could use those wipes, or a homemade cleaner that is kid friendly, to clean the outer parts of the toilet and all other surfaces of the seat. Instead of the large toilet brush cleaners try the smaller ones used for dishes, easier for them to manage. Before he flushes you could do a once around with toilet brush for good measure, if required. Changing sheets, switching out winter and summer clothing, shoe polishing, helping organize pantry.
The best way to gauge a payable chore, is how much do they dislike it and that is a good way to get it done. No matter the chore be sure to define all the parameters, otherwise they'll negotiate their way out or ask for a partial payment. Offer bonus $ if done without prompting and quickly if you see he's dawdling. Sometimes I just empty the contents of my change purse and divide between the kids, if they are cooperative when running errands... I let them keep the change.

Jill - posted on 10/24/2011

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my 7 year old will scrub her own bathroom. of course, i do it with her. she scrubs the toilet and wipe down the sink and i'll do the tub and floor. she will bring down her own dirty laundry and put her own clean laundry away. she loads the dishwasher (and sometimes likes to wash the dishes by hand) and runs the sweeper. how about washing the car? sweeping out the inside of the car, whisking under the cushions of the couch, organize a shelf or closet, fold towels and put away. one of the things that i have a hard time letting go is letting the kids do a chore no matter how well it gets done. if he's not able to do a really good job running the sweeper, let him do it anyway and you can do it again after him. i'll watch my DD run the sweeper and teach her as she does it. kids arent going to be good cleaners if they dont get a chance to try and practice. i've even considered something a chore when my DD helps my youngest DD do something, such as cleaning her room. even just having him start a project or organizing something until you can jump in a help him and do it together. let him do the windows anyway. even though they will be half done, at least he did something the best he could do.

AManda - posted on 10/24/2011

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you could have him sweep the kitchen floor, help with trash by gathering it up and placing in garbage can, vacuum, ummm do a chore chart and keep up with it when he gets all of em filled in you can make it a prize that he gets so much money for doing all the chores on the list. just some ideas hope it helps

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Sarah - posted on 11/03/2011

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Unloading the dish washer (plastics, low shelf stuff), washing a car, taking out the trash from all the rooms, and wiping down his room with a dry cloth so he thinks its similar to dusting, and folding the laundry. Sometimes towels are funner for them. Oh yeah and vacuuming. I taught my son (age 8) how to hold the cord so it won't get munched up and he does pretty good. He likes using the tube more, but hey he is making it easier. Most of these things you might have to re-due when he is not around and hurts his feelings but the point is he is earning it and shows him how hard us parents work around the house. Good job mom

Jennifer - posted on 11/01/2011

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I listed every household chore on a chore board and got a hold of some poker chips. For my son, every black chip is worth $1 and three white chips are worth one black chip. He has to clean his room every day to earn a black chip(we started small). For every other chore he does on the list, he earns a white chip. If I ask him to do something and he does it right away without fighting or ignoring me, it still counts as an extra chore. That way, he gets rewarded for everything he does to help out around the house, which teaches him responsibility (he has to do the chore without fighting or no reward), initiative (he gets rewarded for doing things without being asked), and really helps me out around the house. Plus, it earns him spending money. He is already half way to his new Nerf gun.

Luz - posted on 10/31/2011

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Our son is 7 has regular chores in the house, nothing too strenuous, We generally give him money (loose change or dollar bill(s) so we don't give an allowance. If he wants some specific he either asks for a job(s) to do or we give him a job(s) like pulling weeds and sweeping out the garage.



Another way he earns money is that we give him a sticker each day for good behavior for the day (at home). We put them on the calendar. When he gets 7 stickers in a row, he has his choice of a marble (for his reward jar) or a dollar.



Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2011

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Take out the trash, rake leaves, wash dishes, my now 7 yr old loves washing dishes

Dana - posted on 10/27/2011

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Taking out the trash. Picking up the lawn so it can be mowed. Shoveling snow. Washing the car or helping to wash. Raking leaves. Teach him to fold laundry like the towels which are pretty simple to start with and move up to different loads. Putting the laundry away. Emptying the dishwasher. Dishes. There are so many chores.

Danielle - posted on 10/27/2011

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My son gets money for doing chores without being told to do them. In the winter he gets a dollar for shoveling snow and helping us clean off the cars. He gets a dollar for scrubbing the tires on the cars if my mom is washing it. He gets a dollar for raking leaves sometimes.

User - posted on 10/25/2011

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unload dishes, fold Landry and put it away, clean bathrooms theses are all things my 6yr does for chores

Tamara - posted on 10/18/2011

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My youngest two are 7 and 9 and since they could they have been, putting dishes away, setting table, cleaning the bathroom, picking up living room, changing the laundry *moving from washer to dryer then turing dryer on* picking up the hall way, sweeping the floor, moping and cooking. basically all the house work not everyday I split up up between the 6 of us.

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A few odd chores I have my kids do for "points" to get allowance are: spraying and wiping the area around the door handles of all the doors in the common areas (you don't realize how dirty these get and are often neglected!); spray and wipe the counter and mirror in the bathroom every week; vacuuming the bedrooms; taking out the garbage/recycle cans; delivering stacks of clean clothes to the rooms they belong in... that's pretty much it :)

Katrina - posted on 10/18/2011

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He already gets his allowance for doing the table and he loves helping prep dinner so I hesitate to call it a chore, but sweeping up the front area outside the door is a good one... lots of leave now... just have to find a broom he can hold. No car. Toilet... he's not careful enough, he's get it all over him. But sinks is a good idea.

Summer - posted on 10/18/2011

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How about sweeping up? My son is 9 and has done that for a couple of years when he wants extra money. Clean the car if you have one? A sponge and a bowl of soapy water and he can clean as high on it as he can reach.

Amy - posted on 10/17/2011

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What about helping with prep work for supper, and setting the table. He could also help clear the table after supper. What about cleaning/scrubbing toilets and sinks?

Katrina - posted on 10/17/2011

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I wish we had a dishwasher, but that's for future dreams! He's not strong enough to do a GOOD job vacuuming but we could work with that... Most of the laundry is on shelves way too high but organizing folded laundry into individuals' piles and shirts vs. pants and so on isn't a bad idea. Thanks!

Montana - posted on 10/17/2011

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can he unload the dishwasher or run the vacuum? My daughter is almost 5. She loves to unload the silverware. How about putting away laundry?

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