Jun 16, 2011
This week was Orison’s first full week of summer vacation. Even though I only have one school-aged child, and he was only in half-day school, it’s still an adjustment to have him home all day, every day.
I’m sure there are many of you with tons more experience under your belts for making summer a success, but here’s how I’m trying to make it work for me:
I’m never very consistent about allowance or chores, but Orison’s very interested in earning money (& then counting it over and over and telling me the year that’s printed on every.single.coin). He does a few tasks for 10 cents each, with the earning potential for 50-60 cents per day. Cheap help! Of course these will be different for every household, but right now he does the following jobs:
- Emptying the silverware caddy from the dishwasher each morning.
- Running the bare-floor vacuum and cleaning off the high chairs after breakfast and lunch.
- Cleaning his room and/or the playroom.
- Putting away his clean laundry.
Of course Morrow (2.5) wants in the on the action, too. So he even gets some money for his jobs! Morrow gets 1 penny for the following jobs:
- Getting diapers for the babies.
- Throwing away diapers.
- Putting the bottles into the sink.
All of these things happen a lot throughout the day, so he might make about 10 cents a day. He’s thrilled to be like his big brother! I don’t think it’s that meaningful to him yet, but he thinks it’s fun, so I’m going with it.
There are a few ground rules for working:
- If you complain when asked to do your job, you will still have to do it, but you won’t get the money.
- You can say no politely from time to time, but just know that you’re passing up the cash.
- Money can be deducted from your wages if you are purposefully mean or unhelpful throughout the day.
Right now I’m just keeping a little tab on the counter of how much each boy earns per day. If I can get my act together soon, I’d like them to have a chart where we could mark it down. That way it would keep them more motivated and keep me accountable to bless them for their help.
Do your kids do household job? Which ones?