Small kids, small responsibilities. Bigger kids, bigger responsibilities. That’s what I subscribed to as a mom, and it seemed to work pretty well, for the most part. We learned fairly early not to tie an allowance or money to household jobs, especially after that first time we heard, “That’s alright. I don’t need any money right now, so I’m not going to clean my room.” Ouch…our incentive backfired!
Jobs became part of being a member of the family and were not optional, just like me cooking meals and making sure there was food in the fridge. My kids got an allowance but that was to learn how to manage money, save for things they really wanted, and just have a little jingle in their pockets.
With summer coming up, kids help more with household chores. Some of the best early jobs involve setting the table, clearing the table, rinsing dishes/loading the dishwasher, and sweeping the kitchen floor. Yard work, trash duty, caring for pets – what responsibilities do you give your kids?