We started giving my 2 and a half year old an allowance. How we do it is through 4 consistent rules that we have posted in our kitchen. She has the rules eye level in picture form so she can remember what each rule is. We also review it many times with her. Every day at the end of the day she puts up a sticker if she met the goal. She knows these rules and for each sticker she earns she gets a dime. At the end of the week it adds up and every two weeks we go to the dollar store for prize day.
Does anyone else do allowances? How have they worked for you?
My daughter is still young and doesn't quite get the WHOLE concept- but she completely understands that she needs to get her stickers and her stickers mean money for toys.
Share with me what you do.
I give my nine year old an allowance, but only if he "earns" it. He has to do well in school and make his bed, take out the trash,vacuum the living room. If he doesn't do his chores everyday without fail , he doesn't receive his allowance. We've found that he is developing a healthy respect for money and he now realizes that the things he wants, he has to earn. He has even started asking me if I need help in the kitchen! I love this kid!
Answer by hibicent at 12:18 AM on Nov. 12, 2008
What your doing right now is AWSOME!! It will teach her good behavioral skills and the value of earning a reward! Kudos to You Mom!
Answer by vbruno at 12:33 AM on Nov. 12, 2008
I think an allowance should only be tied to "extra" chores--not those that already should be expected of the child as part of the family. A child should have a list of extra things he can do to earn more money. I think that teaches a child that he should get "rewarded" for doing what he should be out of being part of a family unit. An allowance should be just that--money he is allowed to have. BUT for every time you have to remind him to do his chores, deduct a certain amount---the child then gets what is left at the end of the week. Lesson: you have to do what is your responsibility if you want paid--just like at a real job. If he refuses or gets lazy--he doesn't earn any money. It may seem like the "normal allowance" for chores but it has a better affect--he learns that work is part of life. And the money he loses he is actually "paying" to you to remind him.
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