Pay Parade

Mathias does the vacuuming.
Mathias doing the vacuuming.

One thing we have implemented in our home is a weekly pay parade. This is when the kids receive their allowance. It ends up being more like a pay cheque as they don’t get it if their chores have not been done for the week.

Chore time around our house is hardly ever a battle. The youngest two usually give us the most push back, but once the older two get going, the younger ones pitch right in. We decided to put up a chart that divides the tasks evenly according to ability, but sometimes they share tasks.

We seem to have the opposite problem from a lot of parents. My boys will fight over who gets to vaccuum. They also love going around with the Windex cleaning door knobs, windows, fridge door, bed frames, anything and everything if left unchecked. I have come into a room to find them individually Windexing every hard toy.

Most of the chores are a weekly thing that we do on Saturdays, but there are a few things that are daily or “as needed”. Making their beds and brushing teeth are daily, while emptying garbage pails are “as needed”. We’ve even had fights for who gets to empty the garbage.

The kids throw themselves into their tasks with gusto, which makes it possible to have the house cleaned within an hour. This has saved us a lot of time, and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

We decided to tie the chores to their allowance. I used to have a problem with paying them for doing chores. After thinking about it for a while, though, I figured that it’s better for them to work for their money, instead of just receiving money for breathing. That’s why they don’t get their allowance if they don’t do their chores.

Parenting is all about the choices we make, and how we execute those choices and impress our values and beliefs onto our children. First and always we need to prepare the young ones for adult life so they don’t fritter away all their money, and then come to live in our basement as adults.

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Published by jrdobbin

I am a father of four, married for eight years. I live and play in Alberta, Canada.

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