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May 1st, 2014, 04:23 PM
everafter's Avatar Super Mommy
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So I decided to start giving my kids (7 and 13) an allowance...

For that they'll have to do certain things, like cleaning up their toys before they go to bed, bring out the trash etc.

Now I was thinking...

The usual way is, you do the chore and get paid for it, you don't do it, you don't get paid...

My friends tell me that after a while their kids get lazy and just don't do their chores anymore because "I only get 10 cents for making my bed, it's not like I get a Dollar for it !!!"

So I was thinking what if I pay my boys their allowance at the beginning of the week and each time they (for example) don't make their bed, they have to pay ME 10 cents from their allowance...so if they don't do their chores, they might not have much left at the end of the week...

I feel like when they already have the money they're gonna try harder to hold onto it than if they will get it AFTER the fact...

What do you think ???

Is this a good idea or should I rather do it the traditional way ???

Which way would bring more success ???

Thanks for your input !!!

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May 6th, 2014, 03:30 AM
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I do not like the idea of paying kids to do chores. They should be trained to be helpful without getting paid for it. Also allowance is only for school if they are on vacation, no allowance or very minimal allowance only.
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May 10th, 2014, 04:57 PM
everafter's Avatar Super Mommy
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See...I wanna find a way to teach my kids money management...

I am BAD at it and don't want my kids to make the same mistakes as I did...

I believe they will not learn by me just telling me, don't do this, just do this, blah, blah...they learn better with real money...

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May 12th, 2014, 12:34 PM
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I'm not much of a fan of allowance, either. If you really want to give allowance, maybe only give it if they go above and beyond what they're already supposed to do. And even with that, I wouldn't give them their allowance beforehand. It doesn't work like that in the real world. When they get older and start working, they will have to put in the hours before they are handed a paycheck.
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June 4th, 2014, 03:49 PM
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Good idea! let us know how it goes!
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