"I'm a pusher. I push people. I pushed my husband into law school. That was a bust. I pushed myself into working three jobs. And now I'm gonna push you."
Bear has had assigned chores for a long time, though our consistency in making her stick to them has been spotty at times. That's just sort of the way it goes, though. The moment we develop a working routine, something in life changes and it's time to figure it all out again.
We've just re-evaluated Bear's responsibilities this past week. Some of her chores remained the same, while others were swapped out. Bear earns $3 per week if all of her chores are done, and she's docked a quarter for any chore not completed. I know there are differing opinions on whether or not children should be paid for chores, but we feel that it's a good situation for Bear and we're comfortable with it.
Here is Bear's weekly chore chart:
|Ella is our dog. Click to enlarge. The image; not the dog.|
We used to have a much cuter chart, with stickers and her favorite cartoon characters, but in the name of being more frugal we've simplified the chart at this point. I intend to make a nice, permanent chart with chalkboard paint at some point, but that's not a priority right now with all the other things I have on my plate. I also intent to add "mix mommy a cocktail".
How do you keep your kids on track with their chores? Did you earn an allowance when you were a kid?