I asked the other day what age was appropriate for earning rewards. Anthony (my 5 year old) has his eye on a pricey PS3 game. I know that his expensive tastes will only get bigger as he gets older (he’s already a crab leg connoisseur…not a cheap dinner). I also think it’s a good time to start learning the value of hard work and earning your own money. Some of my readers had some good ideas, so I kinda combined a few and came up with this plan.
I found a chore chart online that had a space for tracking an allowance. Together with Bob and Anthony, we decided on five chores, each chore earning a maximum of $1.00 per week. If he does every chore, every day, then he has the potential to earn $5.00 per week. Make sense?
If he misses a chore on any day, we take away a quarter.
For my very smart and capable five year old, we came up with the following chores:
- Feed the dog
- Make your bed
- Pick up the toys in the living room before bed
- Put your dirty clothes in the basket
- Take out the trash
I only filled in the chores for this week. So if something isn’t working out well, or I want him to learn to do something else, I can change the chores on another week. I hope this will help with not getting bored, too.
He’s been very enthusiastic the past 2 days, even insisting to take the trash out at 9PM last night because he didn’t want to miss out on his money! I want him to be successful, but I don’t want to just give it away either.
Does this sound fair? I would really love to hear what you think!