You want your kids to be responsible, but you don't want to pay them to pick up their toys. Here’s how to get the balance right. Pocket money and chores help prepare your kids for adulthood – they teach the essential skills to run a home, and earn and manage money. Here are some great ideas for showing kids that hard work can pay, but there are also some jobs in life you just have to do.
The hardest part about giving kids money for chores is you don't want them thinking they'll get paid just to live. If that worries you, there are ways around it. You can use a chore or rewards chart system for helping out around the house, and keep pocket money as a separate deal.
If you do decide to give pocket money in exchange for jobs around the house, separate out which jobs or chores earn pocket money, and which don’t. For example, less frequent jobs like ironing or mowing the lawn could become part of their pocket money.
Everyday duties like keeping their rooms clean and helping out at mealtimes can be treated as an unpaid part of contributing to family life. Side note: doing chores together or side-by-side can help kids develop a better sense of wanting to help out. If they pick up toys while you dust furniture, it can be a lot more fun and therefore a lot more interesting.
Don't know which chores are right for kids? Every child is different, but here are some age-appropriate jobs for kids of different ages. Just remember they're still learning, so use encouragement and patience, rather than taking over if they don’t do it the way you like it done.
As well as the jobs above, you can add some new chores to their roster:
As well as adding new jobs, you can give them a greater number of jobs and let them tackle extra responsibilities:
By now, jobs can be a lot more advanced. By age 13 kids will be able to do most of the jobs you can do. While kids are unlikely to meet your standards the first time round, lots of constructive feedback and guidance will remind them they are capable and to try again. Here's a guide to what they can master:
First, consider what works for your budget. Then what you expect your kids to do with the money – will they be buying their school lunch treat at the canteen? Or is just for play? As a guide, here’s the average amounts of pocket money Aussie kids received in 2014, according to the Commonwealth Bank:
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