The Easiest Chore System Around
Many people often get to a point in parenting when they start to wonder, how can I teach my child about money and work? Or maybe your the parent wondering how you can get your child to do things to help out around the house. Which ever parent you are I have a SUPER easy system to help you. This is the easiest chore system for my family, and I think it will work for yours too.
Here is what our chore system looks like.
I purchased the bucket at the dollar store, however, my youngest uses a mug that we never use. Then we use clothespins to name the chores. It is so easy.
How do You create this?
You will need a cup, clothespins, and a marker.
Write ONE chore on each clothespin. With my oldest I gave her some clothespins and markers and let her decorate the clothespins for fun.
Clip the clothespins onto the bucket.
Celebrate because you now have a chore system.
How do You use this?
Alright, are you ready for the easy peasy way of life?
When the child completes the chore they put the clip into the cup!
It is truly that simple. Plus, a chore has been done that you no longer have to do! Go ahead do a happy dance, I will not judge. I gave one child the task of giving the dog water, and the other in charge of feeding him. I no longer have to worry about doing those things. It is the weirdest thing for me to be able to give over control of something. They were not big tasks BUT they were annoying.
** If you have an older child I would put the cost of the chore and the chore on a clothespin. Have some that they must do and a few extras that they can complete to get some extra money… kinda like overtime***
What kind of chores?
I have looked up all kinds of different information on what kind of chores each age group can do. I know I say this often, however, you know your child best. My oldest at 4 can collect all the trash from the small baskets in our house, some children may not be ready for that yet. It really depends on your child. However, I did find this list from The Crafting Chicks the most helpful.
How does Payment work?
I like to call it payment instead of allowance. Allowance means to give a sum of money of a regular basis. Here is the thing. Sorry but I will be stepping on my soap box for a moment. I give my children the essentials they need to live. Food, water, clothes. They do not NEED an allowance to live. They WANT money to get EXTRA. This is something that even with my two year old I define for her. She wants something, she does not need it.
Now we give payments because they have completed the task/ chore given. My children are 2&4, so their payment is small, but HUGE for them. When they are completely done with all their chores they receive a quarter. When they get to a dollar they get a pay day.
Please remember that payment is based on what kind of chores they are doing and by age. My children are just getting into the habit of doing chores. That is the purpose right now. If you have an older child consider giving them a bit more. However, that is completely up to you.
What does payout look like?
Every time my children get to 1 dollar they get to pay out. They exchange their quarters for 10 dimes. (This also teaches the amount of coins to the children. Which as a school teacher is sooooo important). Why 10 dimes? Because it is easier to split up into percentages.
They each have the following:
We use these by breaking up the dimes by percentage.
10% into offering. 30% into savings. 60% into spending.
Yes, I am teaching my children how to budget their money. This is such an important skill that is lost on so many of us today.
The offering is in the baggie. This way they can take it to church with them easily when it is full.
Savings goes into the piggy bank. Which when full we will open a bank account for each of them.
The Jar is for their spending money. When it is full they trade in their dimes for dollars. My oldest last time had $45!
I really have a passion for teaching children skills that will help them as they grow. My oldest spent all her money on a giant stuffed snake. (It’s her money. She is allowed to get anything she wants, as long as it is appropriate). The next week she saw this toy that she thought was amazing. She did not have any money leftover, so she was not able to get it. This was a valuable lesson for her. Next time she made a purchase she really really thought about it.
To sum it up, this system has really worked well for us. These are NOT the only things my children do. They are still required to clean off their plates at dinner, put away toys, clean up after cooking in the kitchen( shameless plug: Check out my How to survive cooking in the kitchen with kids article!) , etc. However, these are jobs for them specifically. I believe their is a difference in chores and just helping around the house. I ask you to consider what kind of chores you want your children to do. For my two-year-old, I just have simple things that she already does so that she can get into the habit of chores. My four-year-old has very specific jobs that are hers to complete.
I really hope you found this helpful! I would love for you to show me your beautiful chore system buckets! Share below and on Instagram!! I would love to hear from you 🙂