Michele and I decided that it is time for Asher to begin taking on some chores. He turns three tomorrow and we figured he could handle a few tasks around the house. We also decided to pay him a little bit of money for his assistance with a few of the chores. We thought 25¢ would work for the “commissioned” chores. That seems to be pretty fair, but then we started looking at how much money he could earn a month. He could potentially rake in $20 to $30 per month. Wow! That is not too bad for a three year old.
We want Ashe to get used to helping around the house. We also want him to receive some cash so we can teach him how to be smart with his money. Mainly we want to teach him how to tithe and save a portion of what he receives.
Maybe we need to rethink the commission system or perhaps that amount is okay. How do/would you pay your child for tasks around the house? How much is too much or too little for a child?
Here is how a few of Ashe’s chores break down:
- Feed LC (our dog)
- Wash nightly dishes after dinner
- Empty small trash cans (once or twice per week)
- Help us fold the laundry
- Pick up his toys
- Clean his own dishes during breakfast and lunch
- Make up his bed
- Pick up his dirty laundry
So what are your thoughts?