I wanted to share our newest job system, because it is actually working for us.
I found this printable chore chart (a little cutsier than what I'd usually pick, but it works just fine). Every day (except Sunday), Red Chief gets to:
- Make his bed
- Clean his room
- Do a special job in his room (like cleaning out his closet)
- Do a special job in the house (like folding the kitchen towels)
- Practice violin
- Do more jobs to earn money (he's been doing a lot of that lately—today he tidied up a room for me, pulled and washed the beets, and cleaned off the back porch for me, all of his own volition)
- Have some screen time
This is working so well for us right now! Before we put this system in place, he was always wanting to do jobs to earn money, but I felt guilty letting him, because kids should be helping out around the house anyway, and I felt that he would only do work when I paid him. Now he is more willing to get his regular responsibilities out of the way as prerequisites to what he sees as the real thing.
I'm sure he'll get tired of earning money some day, but for now, I'm going to enjoy my six-year-old constantly picking up the house, washing walls, and sweeping the driveway for me. I'm actually having to cut him off at four extra jobs per day, because I can't think of any more.
What do you think about kids doing chores for money? Yes? No? I'm still not completely sure about the best thing to do. And what are some jobs that you have your kids do? I sometimes have a hard time thinking up genuinely useful things that my three-year-old and six-year-old can do around the house.