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July 30th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Do you have a chore chart or a responsibility chart of some sort? What sorts of chores are your children responsible for? Do you also give an allowance? Is that based on the chores?

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July 31st, 2012, 06:23 AM
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July 31st, 2012, 11:21 AM
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We have a dry erase board. Matt gets the mail, helps with the dishes, feeds and waters the cats, vacuums, and cleans up the living room. He does half of those things each day, while his sister does the other half. They trade off. Each day he also needs to make his bed, pick up his toys, clear his spot at the table, and make sure his room is clean before bed.

My kids don't get an allowance yet.
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July 31st, 2012, 12:50 PM
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They are responsible for cleaning their own messes, putting their dishes away, helping set the table and random little things we ask, like bring a diaper for the baby, etc. the only charts we ever used were for potty training.

But those things they are so used to doing, that I don't feel a chart is needed. When they are older and get more responsibilities, maybe we will do one.

They do not get allowance, but they have little "money boxes", since we do give them money when they go out of their way to be extra good or helpful. Anywhere between a quarter to a $2 coin is what they get. Natasha also lost 6 teeth so that's where she keeps her tooth fairy money. Every few months when they have around $15-20 dollars each, they take the money to the toy store and buy a toy.
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July 31st, 2012, 01:34 PM
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We don't do allowances. I'm not sure if we ever will.

They are expected to do a lot around the house, but it is just an expectation of living here. They don't have 'chores' per say; just expectations that make the household work just like DH and I have to. For example, they help make all meals, clear and set the table, load and unload the dishwasher, fold laundry and put it way, strip their beds and get out the new sheets, keep their play areas and rooms clean, help with house work. It isn't set up as a list or a chore chart, it is just a given because they live here.

Each year for their birthday they get new responsibilities added to their current expectations. This year they are in charge of the pool. They are expected to skim it, clean the skimmer basket, put the pump on the cover if it rains, open and close the cover and things like that.
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August 1st, 2012, 07:00 AM
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I tried a sticker chart for every day responsibilities, but it just didn't fly well...for either of us. I didn't remember to do it consistently, he didn't really care when I did it, LOL. Really, they are his to remember and get done anyway as part of the household, and he usually does a fairly good job of that. I do have a chart of "extra chores" that are above and beyond his responsibilities, and those chores earn him spending money so he can learn to save and spend.

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August 1st, 2012, 05:24 PM
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The girls are basically expected to help as I or DH ask. They do things like sweeping, mopping, loading and unloading the dishwasher, setting and clearing the table, cleaning their rooms, making their beds, and they do all aspects of the laundry. We don't do allowances either. We may at some point but I doubt it will ever be connected to doing chores, those are just expectations of living here and being a family.

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