Yea, I feel like I’ve done this before and I’m never successful when it come to getting the kids to do their chores. I either have kids with ZERO motivation or well, they just don’t want to help. It could be both. HAHAH. But I was determined to try to get them to help this summer and not only earn money for their actions, but learn to spend their own money in the process. So, I threw it back to cold hard cash and gave it a try. Here’s our updated chore chart and a recap on how it’s working…
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First, I figured cash was king. What kids don’t like having their own cash to put in their purse or their piggy bank?! Every kid loves getting birthday money so I figured this might actually work. I came up with a few chores and printed those out and created a little area to keep them which was visible and easily accessed by the kids.
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Chores included easier ones for Olive, my 5 year old, and harder ones for Ella, my 10 year old. They’ve surprised me on which ones they choose to do and which ones I have to beg them to do.
Each week, I hang up the chores on the board with a payment they are worth behind them. Once they do the chore, they come back, flip the chore card over and add the monopoly money to the clip under their name. On Friday’s the banker, aka momma, comes and exchanges the play money for real money.
So far it’s working and is costing me on average $10 a week.
Some weeks are more, some weeks are less.
While it’s not perfect, it’s a step in the right direction for my kiddos.
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I created the cards in canva and printed them at our local office max. From there, I brought them home and laminated them (one of my favorite things to do) and got to cutting. I intentionally left some cards blank so we could change some of the chores as we went along, as well as a few blank reward cards too. Some of those I write things like Robux and Slushies on as payment nd those are the real winners!
My new favorite thing to say is “you love spending my money, but when it’s yours you think harder about it.” It’s true. They ask me for things all the time and now I add, well you can have it but you owe me $10 or whatever and then they are like… well, we can put it back. hahah
WHICH CHORES DO YOUR KIDS PREFER?
Teaching kids about money is hard. Especially in a day where we just swipe for everything. Hell, that even makes it hard for adults. But it’s necessary. They might hate me now for making them work for things, but they’ll appreciate it later — or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
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