I also knew I'd need something fairly simple with very little maintenance required on my part. In all honesty, usually the reason chore systems fall by the wayside in our house is because of my own neglect.
Plus, we haven't been paying our children any sort of regular allowance, but Dave Ramsey said something in the latest video we viewed at financial peace that made a lot of sense to me. There are certain chores/ responsibilities that come with being part of the family that a child doesn't need to be paid for. But, he also recommends having chores that can earn a child money because they look at money in a whole different way when they've had to earn it.
So, here's what I've come up with. I've taken bits and pieces from various sources.
First are the regular/ daily chores (unpaid). These include
- Setting the table
- Clearing the table
- Pajamas under pillow & beds made
- Dirty clothes in hamper
- Feed/Water cat & dog
- Unload lunch bags after school
- Put away toys/etc. when finished
- Unload dishwasher
- Clean room
- Vacuum living room
- Sweep kitchen
- Clean toilet upstairs
- Clean toilet downstairs
- Empty small trashcans
- Empty diaper trash
- Empty kitchen trash
- Clean living room
- Clean computer room
- Mop floor
- Vacuum bedroom
- Load dishwasher/ Wash dishes
- Gather/start load of laundry
- Fold laundry
- Put away laundry
- Spray & Clean bathroom mirrors & sink
- Sweep & Mop Bathroom Upstairs
- Sweep & Mop Bathroom Downstairs
- Wipe down chairs
Here's the system I'm going to try to manage the chores
- Each day I will clip a paper to the refrigerator for each boy. On it I will write which of the pay chores I'd like them to do that day (2-5 chores depending on what needs done, if we have plans later that night, etc.). Each boy is responsible for checking off each chore as it's completed (some may require mom inspection prior to checkoff).
- Daily chores & Pay chores & Homework need to be completed by 7:00 that evening. If they aren't, that child will lose their screen time for the following day or have mom choose one more chore to complete that night. They still need to complete any unfinished tasks that evening.
- On Saturdays, chores need to be completed by noon.
- Each pay chore is worth 25 cents. Each boy can earn up to $6.50 max per week. If I do not assign enough pay chores for the boy to earn max amount but they wish to work toward that goal they may request more chores.
- Payment is made on Saturday afternoons. Children will bring me their chore sheets from the week (each day either saved on the magnetic fridge clip or perhaps in a jar for safekeeping). Chores will be tallied.
- Children will divide their payment into 3 categories (with help of mom & dad). 10% is for tithing/giving, 40% is for saving, & 50% is for spending. (A child may choose to put more in tithing or saving if they'd like, but 50% is the max for spending.)
- So, if a child earns their full commission/payment in a week of $6.50 it would break down as follows: Tithe= 65 cents, Saving= $2.60, Spending =$3.25.
- Children may spend their spending envelope as they choose such as bringing along to the grocery store to buy a special pack of gum or candy. But, mom will no longer take special requests at the store. :)