Paying children for helping around the yard.

Aracely - posted on 07/02/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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What is the best amount of money to pay your kids for doing chores like raking the yard. I know that depending on the age it will be different. My boys are 5 and 6.

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Sarah - posted on 07/02/2012

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My Dad used to keep a ledger. We had our base chores we had to do (clean our room, do our laundry, do the dishes, dust, etc). We didn't get allowance. But, when we did outside yardwork, he would write it down into the ledger and assign a dollar amount based on how well a job we did with the job. If we raked the lawn but left a ton of grass, we might get $2. If we did a great job, $10. We could then choose to receive the funds right away or save them up for something special (like spending money for a family trip). I liked the way my Dad did it and plan to do the same for my kids when they're old enough.

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2012

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Being in the UK I would probably give my children a list of chores they need to do during the week and pay them pocket money at the end for all chores done - probably about £2.50 - and if they do more than their chores I would add, say, 50p per chore (depending) up to maximum of £5 per week (which is pretty much all I would be able to afford anyway). Then, if there's something they want to buy that costs more than £5 I would teach them about saving up for it.

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