I want to start Porter on some chores. He has expressed quite a few times his desire to earn money to buy things he wants. He has also proven to be very helpful around the house (when he's motivated/excited about it). He'll help dust, pick things up, clear off the table, fill the dishwasher etc etc. He's a good helper for the most part!
Now... part of me thinks kids should have chores that are just expected of them. Chores they should do because they are a part of the family and its part of keeping up the house. But I also really want my kids to learn the value of a dollar and learn how to save up money and the responsibility/pride in paying for things on your own.
Maybe I'm a little ahead of myself as Porter hasn't even turned 4 yet, but I really want to start this system off right and be consistent. I'm sure there are SO many great blogs out there that highlight their chore systems but I haven't run across any that seem to be geared toward preschoolers.
Ideally, I guess I want to know how to separate those "expected" chores from those that should deserve getting paid for. And what is an appropriate amount of pay for a 4 year old? Per chore? Per week?
I'd love to hear your ideas, thoughts, suggestions and I'd LOVE if you could post links for me to some blogs.
I found the Idea Room... I like their Chore Chart as well as their Reward System Home Store but I'm not sure how to adapt it to allow him to earn money for doing certain chores.
Should kids have regular chores they are expected to do as their part of the team and then just get a weekly allowance "just because" (and to teach them good saving/spending habits)?
Should kids have chores they are paid for if they complete them... aka rewarded for doing chores/paid for doing a job?