School's in session. It's time to get back to normal, back to basics, and back to some sort of schedule.
The boys are settling in well, so I decided to spring the chore chart back on them. It's a great time to get things back in line.
Realizing that we hadn't done the chore chart all summer, and so realizing that some of the rooms and chores would be "big jobs" the first time around, for the last week a $$PAID$$ chore list has been available. I would pay the boys to do the chores on the list, with all of us understanding that many of these things would be on this week's chart for no pay at all.
They completed a grand total of 3 things. 2 for Chance. 1 for Colton. Colton attempted a 2nd thing, but decided he was just too young to earn money. He thinks he'll probably be 12 before he gets a Nintendo DS (which he was going to save his money for).
On Sunday night, while they were in front of the tv, I tried to gently remind them again. Does anyone want to put the clothes away? It's a chore that is worth $2!!
Chance - do I have to put them all away, or just mine?
Me - All of them - that's why it's worth $$.
Chance - Nah.
Me - Do you understand that tomorrow, this will be on your chore chart for free?
Chance - Yeah, but then it will just be my own clothes, not Colton's too.
Me - So, you'd rather do 1/2 for free, instead of doing them all to make money?
Chance - Yep.
Whatever. So, with minimal moans and groans, we started the drudgery last night. Here's the chart. There are daily chores, and then add-ons for extra $$ in their piggy bank.
Chance's last comment of the night (because I almost strangled him) - So, what do you and daddy do? Please see this post, Chance, before ever asking that question again.
How do you handle chores in your house?? Do you pay for chores? Do your kids get an allowance? What works for you??