I don't give my kids an allowance. They are all expected to do their chores as a contributing member of the family, and they're fine with that. (Though I do pay my 13 year old for babysitting during the summer).
However, my 8 year old asked if he could do extra things that aren't his normal chores and earn an allowance, because he wants to earn the money for his 1/2 of a drumset he's been begging for (told him he needed to pay 1/2 of it).
I think this shows initiative and commitment to the cause, so I'd like to help - but no clue what the going rate for allowance is. Is it per chore? Is it a flat fee?
For example, if he picked up doggie-doo-doo for the week (usually DH's job) how much would you pay? I'd like to create a breakdown chart for all chores 'above and beyond' the norm that each kid could use if they really wanted to earn some extra cash.
Chores they don't do now & could be used for allowance include:
- load/unload dishwasher
- pick up doggie-doo-doo
- wash windows
- wash/dry their own laundry (they do fold & put away as a normal chore)
- Not sure what else??
What would be a reasonable $$ amount for each of those?