- Family and Parenting
Tips for Assigning House Chores to Children for Allowance Using a Point System
Weekly Chore Charts
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.