Chickadee over at A Familiar Path posted about how she organizes her kids' chores. I thought it was a great thing to share with you all and an opportunity for me to write about what we do in our house for chores.
Lil Pumpkin and Sweet Pea have only one assigned daily chore (for now) - to make their beds in the morning. Each one earns one rupee (which is the equivalent of two cents) for making her bed with a happy heart. If her attitude is poor, she is still required to make her bed but she does not earn the rupee. I figure this helps them both learn to work with a happy heart, which is pleasing to the Lord.
We have a little "store" in a cabinet in the dining room where we keep small candies and other items. They are allowed to spend their rupee on candy, which only costs one ruppee, or they can save up their rupees to purchase a different item. The store "opens" at 10 am (because Lil Pumpkin has tried to buy candy at 8 in the morning! haha), and maybe that is a bit early for them to be having candy but that's what we do because I don't want to listen to the nagging all day ("Is the store open yet, Mommy?"). And most real stores open at 10 am around here anyway (so that makes it more realistic, right?) I even dialogue to the kids with a pleasant, "Welcome to the store. What would you like to purchase today? Candy? Ok. That will be one rupee, please. Thank you. Have a nice day." It's a fun thing for us all.
On a related note, I have never been through Financial Peace University nor read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, but I have heard wonderful things about it. And I found out they also have Financial Peace Jr. which I think might be a great thing for any kid. Have any of you seen this or used it with your own kids? Do your kids do chores? How do you organize them?
Melissa and Doug make a cute magnetic chore chart that would make a great gift!