I have always struggled with how to handle allowances with the hmmmschoolers. They've reached the age where they'd like money to spend...but there's that constant disagreement about kids helping out with work simply because they are part of the family vs. paying kids to do things...that I could do for free.
We live on a farm. There is a ton to do. Because of a recent change in the set-up of our household, it sometimes feels like a half a ton more to do. Now, I love my farm and I love my home and I don't take issue with the work that comes with the life we've chosen to live. But there are times when things pile up. I'm a farmgirl. I'm a homeschool mom. I'm an author.
Let's be honest. Sometimes I need help.
Here's what we're currently doing with chores and allowance:
The Nine and Ten Year Old Hmmmschoolers do have things they are expected to help with everyday just because they are alive and breathing and take part in this fabulous house. They do not get paid for those things.
There are extra jobs they can get paid for after their regular jobs are done.
These extra jobs (which change all the time, according to what I'm needing help with ) are laid out every morning in our dining room. The job is clearly explained and has a post-it attached noting what the job pays.
These are not jobs the kids have to do, and I don't guilt them into helping. They are simply there for the taking if the kids want them. There is, however, a time they need to be done by if the kids want to partake. Because if some of these chores aren't done that day (especially certain farm ones), I do have to step in and do them before the day is done.
I don't mind the housework or the farm work, but it's also good to have help. And it's good for the hmmmschoolers to see that running a life takes work. ;) This is a way the hmmmschoolers can have the opportunity to help and earn a little extra dough.
I'll report back in a couple weeks to let you know how it is working out. What do y'all do for chores and allowance? What has worked? What hasn't? What things would you like to try?