Our kids do a large number of chores around the house. They are responsible for cleaning out the dishwasher (and subsequently filling it back up), taking out the garbage and recycling, cleaning their rooms, and general pick-up around the house. Eva also oddly loves cleaning the bathroom; however, she has more than once mistaken linen spray for cleanser.
Chris and I think it’s an important lesson to teach the kids…be clean, respect your surroundings, and don’t be lazy! They complain here and there, but for the most part have accepted these chores as a household duty.
Just recently, Henry started asking for an allowance. Chris and I have always told them (half jokingly) that living in the house is their allowance, but we recently decided that they do quite a bit around the house, and so why not also teach them the responsibility of earning and saving money?
We started with just $1 per week….sounds cheap, but really $1 is a lot to a kid! We started paying them last weekend. The same day we gave them their first dollar bill, I told them they had to clean their rooms. And not just any kind of clean, I told them they had to “mama clean” their rooms…which is Hollywood speak for super, duper clean, not just stuffing everything under the bed.
Henry always get a little belligerent when he hears the words “mama clean”, and upon me saying it, he immediately said, “for mama clean, I think you should give us $2 a week.” To which I immediately responded, “Either way you have to clean your room. At any point, papa and I can stop giving you an allowance.”
And that was the day that Henry realized he doesn’t have all the power.
It was also the day he “mama cleaned” his room.