How much allowance should I give my kids?

My daughter wants $1>00 for each chore that she does. What do you think about that?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Jul. 2, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I'm thinking maybe $5-$10 a week. It might sound cheap but it's their responsibility IMO to help out around the house with chores.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:20 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • I give my son $1 for every day he does his chores (dishes, put his toys away, make his bed). Unfortunatly money isn't a real motivator for him. Some days he's willing to do them but most days he doesn't. I'm trying to figure out another way.

    Anyways, I think that $1 or $2 a day for each day they do chores is good. Pay them one day a week, just keep track of how many days they did their work.
    amethystrse

    Answer by amethystrse at 4:28 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • I read a book on this, well not an entire book, more a chapter of a book, but in any case. It said that children at the age you have a great chance to impart some responsibility. According to this book, children should be doing chores without any financial reward. As they get older and into their own house, there will be no incentive in that regard to keep a clean house. If they grow up with that incentive, the theory is that they will be less likely to maintain clean houses with no incentive. Allowance should be based by age. But for the 7 year old, maybe 4 a week and the 9 year old maybe 5 a week. Then if they do extra on top of their chores they can get extra reward as this teaches them that extra work gets rewarded. However, it is believed that the base allowance should not be based on chores and they should receive it whether they do the chores or not. Again, this is all from a book,not actually me. Can't for the life of me remember the book though. Sorry
    Mom1Stepmom1

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 4:44 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • Our 6 year old does reasonable chores, but gets $3 a week allowance. But then Grandpa pays him for helping mow the lawn or Grandma for helping organize the craft room. Things like that. Whether or not he does his chores, he still gets the allowance. The chores are regarding as more of a responsibility to himself and his family, not a job. Hope that makes sense.
    Mom1Stepmom1

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 4:47 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • I think a dollar a day sounds reasonable. But what I do with my 10 yr old is every time I have to nag her about doing her chores I deduct from her allowance. That gets her moving pretty quickly.
    Cecilia77

    Answer by Cecilia77 at 5:30 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • .25 per chore.
    TXdanielly

    Answer by TXdanielly at 8:21 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • Well I have 5 kids 4 of which actually get an allowance. My kids are 5,9,11,12 they each get $5 a week.
    sjdchbkr

    Answer by sjdchbkr at 9:57 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • Just MO: I teach responsibility for the home and value of money separately. The chores need to be done, or no allowance though. If I have to supervise or do the chores myself, I pay myself out of their allowance! They keep their rooms clean, clean up after supper, help with whatever I ask. They give me an hour or two on Saturdays, rather than assign chores. I don't have to keep after them or remind them and I get what I need. When they did their own laundry (between 9-12) they got an extra five dollars a pay (every two weeks). IF they want extra money, they can do extra jobs. A dollar a chore will set you up for alot of supervision and frustration IMO. If mine didn't need the money, they just didn't do it.
    manna1qd

    Answer by manna1qd at 9:30 AM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • Regarding amounts, I gave $10 every two weeks @ 9, $5 @7. But I have increased it based on their needs. I prefer to give X number of dollars than have them asking for everything one at a time. This way, I give it out, and if they want something, they have to decide if they want it bad enough to pay for it.
    manna1qd

    Answer by manna1qd at 9:32 AM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • $1 per chore seems reasonable as long as you set boundaries on what that chore entails. If you go that route, cleaning their bedroom is NOT included as a paying chore. I personally don't think you (or I) should be paying kids to clean their own living space. However, bathroom..loading dishwasher (I would make it a load and unload chore to get more work done for $1). Ultimatley if they don't do the chore they don't get paid...but it should go a step further. I guess I am mean cause if they don't load and unload the dishwasher, they don't eat the next meal. That will help teach them responsibility and account for their actions IMO.

    SensualScents

    Answer by SensualScents at 2:22 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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