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Tips for Assigning House Chores to Children for Allowance Using a Point System

Updated on September 22, 2015

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Children and Allowances

As parents,you should make it a point of your duty to assign chores to your children for allowances. Just don't give your children weekly allowances without having them helping out around the house. Let them earn it!

Be certain to assign chores to all kids as soon as they get to the age where they can perform simple tasks around the house. One word of advice, please just don't simply tell the child what his/her assignment is, instead, put it all in black and white or in other words, makeup a chart. When you makeup a chart, you should assign specific duties to each child. Upon completion of the chart, you should then review it with your children and inform them of the consequences if they fail to do what they are supposed to do on any given day. You can place it on your refrigerator door or just about any location where it will be visible at all times.

As far as allowances are concern, weekly allowances should be based on whether a chore is poorly done,partially done or thoroughly done. You should use a daily point system to reward or punish the child for the quality of job done. A maximum of 1 point may be allowed or deducted accordingly. For example, you may award the child 1 point for a job well done. Contrarily, you may deduct 1/2 point for a job that was done, but was poorly done, and deduct 1point for a job that was not done or never attempted. In other words the child will receive 0 point if the job was not done.

Daily tallied points for a total of 7 days should determine weekly allowance due for each child. Weekly total points should be converted to weekly dollar amount allowance due for each respective week. Using this point system, a child's allowance can fluctuate accordingly. It is up to the child to make sure that he/she earns that 1 maximum daily point, so as to maximize his/her weekly earning. A child who earns $7 is that child who did his/her work thoroughly for those 7 days of the that week. Another child may earn $6 simply because he/she never got his/her chores done one day, or did a poor job on two days.

Please note that it is up to each individual to choose the maximum daily points/dollars that the family can afford. If you choose you may also incorporate home and school discipline in this weekly point system. A child may have a point subtracted for badly behaving in school or at home on a particular day or for not doing home work etc. Overall, this can also be viewed somehow as a punishment and reward system.


Assigning our children chores using the above approach, is one great way of teaching them to be industrious, responsible and accountable at an early age. This is also an excellent way of teaching them cleanliness. The values we teach our children today, are likely to be passed on to their children and the next generations to come.


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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      You have spoken the truth, why "give an allowance for no reason" -- This is bottom line! Why should I give a child an allowance then turn around taking care of the garbage, washing the dishes etc. The child should know why he/she is getting an allowance and the consequences to expect when he/she fails to do what he/she is expected to do. Thanks for your relevant contribution to this conversation truthforow!

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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for being the first person to let me know that teaching children at an early age to be responsible and accountable is of paramount importance! If a child turns out to be lazy that's a problem, and if he/she grows up finding him/herself having problem handling his/her finance, that makes matter even worse. Thank for Sharing!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Very interesting ideas. I think parents mess up when they just give an allowance for no reason and then expect chores to get done. Explaining and establishing a system on the front end is definitely the way to go.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      This is a good system and should be used by all parents. It is so important that children learn responsibility, budgeting skills and the value of money ... the aproach does it all!

      Thanks, SOCIALLY SHARED, up and awesome.