I have probably used about 85 different sets of job charts and allowance systems during my stint as a mom. Most of them don't work for me, because I am lazy and inconsistent and they end up being more work for me than the kids. I think I have finally developed a system that works well for the inconsistent lazy type of mom that I am.
Here's my "Mommy Command Station". I thought about staging it for the pic, but it an effort to keep things real, this is what it currently looks like.
Hanging on the wall, is an allowance jar for each kid. At the beginning of the month, I put $30 into each jar. We've tried different amounts and putting it weekly instead of monthly, but this works the best for us.These are the kid's jobs. Pretty basic. Mostly they just need to practice good personal hygiene habits and pick up all their junk. Any day that they go to school without doing a job, they lose $1.
If they complete an extra job like mowing the lawn. I write the date the work was completed and the amount I owe them and stick it in the jar.
At the end of the month, we settle up.
They pay 10% to the Lord, 50% to savings, and 40% for spending.
What works for you?
i love this plan!ReplyDelete
have tried and failed
at many ideas for tying chores
thank for this!
I never liked the idea of paying kids to do jobs that they should do anyways for just being part of a family. I don't have a problem for taking it away if they don't do their jobs. It may just be semantics, but I feel better about it.Delete
I have tried many different ways too and have found that very specific chores with very specific consequences to each individual chore works best. I am right now working on a huge frame that I have repurposed as a family command center, we'll see how it goes......ReplyDelete
Yours will probably end up being much cuter than mine:)Delete
That is such a cute idea. I love that you're teaching them how to save/tithe as well!ReplyDelete
Great lessons learned with added benefit of instilling a habit for a lifetime. Trust me 'saving' is a habit, can't be learned instantly. Good thinking Tara!ReplyDelete
you're indeed a trophy :D
This is great! It's just my husband and I but I might have to do this. LOL. Especially the details of what they have to clean. :) Very nice! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-5.htmlReplyDelete
What does the Lord spend his 10% on?ReplyDelete
Melanie, in most religions people pay a tithe or offering to the Lord, which either gets spent on the community, or the needs of the congregation. 10% to the Lord is figurative for 10% charity.ReplyDelete
Also, TOATW, this speaks to me because, I too, am horribly lazy. I need easy. Thank you.
Taking care of 3 kids, a husband, & household does not equate as lazy in my book. Finding what works for you and your family style is difficult and most often a series of trial and error. Thank you for the honesty, it is nauseating to read unrealistic expectations.ReplyDelete
Love this! I also love the tithing aspect :)ReplyDelete
Awesome allowance plan! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
I would love to be able to follow this system but I just don't have $150 to pay out to the kids each month. Maybe I could pay them in quarters instead of loonies? ha! But in all honesty.. I love this method.ReplyDelete
I have been trying to figure out a good system for our 5 kids of varying ages (4-13) for a good 8 years and I can NOT commit to one - they always start off great but it's like I get too busy to follow through! No matter how pretty I make them.. the whole system falls to heck.
PS. Unstaged photo for the win!