Curtis has been really in to earning money lately. Correction: Curtis has been really in to having money lately; his father and I are really in to him learning that you have to earn it (it doesn’t count if you just take it from the car and daddy’s bedside table). So we came up with some chores for our preschooler.
He already has a daily (well, almost daily) chore chart. Up in what I call our “Command Center” is a magentic board. This has his weekly calendar as well as the chores he has to do before leaving for school. These are pretty typical: comb hair, brush teeth, make bed, get dressed, feed the cat, clean bedroom, pack the backpack, wash hands & face, and eat breakfast (I truly hope we never forget that one).
But when it came time to have chores he could earn money for we were starting from scratch.
I did what any good mom does: I got online and did research. (Save me Google!) I found some websites that were really helpful but just not quite right for us. We were looking for things above & beyond, things he could earn money for doing. Afterall, some things you do just because you live in our house (like make your bed) or are part of society (get dressed). But we also needed to know what was developmentally realistic for a 4 year old.
FYI here are the sites that I found most helpful:
After researching we had a family meeting and came up with the following chores for Curtis to do, a price associated with them, and how many times a week he could do it (when Curtis gets excited he wants to go ALL IN and when we told him about these chores he asked if he could mop the floor 3times that afternoon to get money).
|Swiffer or Mop||2x a week||50 cents each time|
|Sweep||2x a week||50 cents each time|
|Dust||2x a week||50 cents each time|
|Bring Down Trash||1x a week||50 cents each time|
|Put Away Laundry||1x a week||$1 each time|
|Water Plants||1x a week||$1 each time|
|Put Silveware Away||daily||25 cents each time|
I thought we were being pretty generous with our prices, honestly. But after looking at some other family’s chore charts online I realized that we might be considered low.
I put everything together in a chart, drew some little pictures on it, put a place to keep a tally of how much he had earned, and it ended up looking like this:
I laminated this and attached it to a cabinet in our kitchen.
Now I know it is not the prettiest chart out there. I am just an ordinary mom with Photoshop Elements and a blue Sharpie, not a graphic designer. But boy does this work with Curtis! The first full week he earned $2.50.
Of course, not every chore is done to perfection (we are working on sorting out that forks and spoons come in 2 sizes) but it is fun to see Curtis take to this, and fun for me to get the extra help.
How about you all? Do your kids have chores they get paid for? (And are we really cheap with our prices?)
PS- I told Curtis he could save his money for anything he wanted to buy, it was his money. He immediately told me he is saving for a LeapPad. Bets on how long it will take for him to earn it? He is pretty motivated.