We started using a commission chore chart instead of giving our kids an allowance. The allowance didn’t work for us. They would lose interest in repetitive chores, plus our kids would argue on why they have to do this, while the other has to do that. Rather than changing the charts and trying to figure out who does what. I created these Help Wanted Tabs to go along with our Commission Chore Chart.
Each kid get their own Commission Chore Chart. Then they get to choose which chores they want to do. When they are are we fill out their Commission Chore Chart this way we can keep track of which chore is done and how much each child earns.
This is great motivational tool for our kids and it teaches our children how they have to work to buy things and work isn’t always easy.
Right now they are saving up for Christmas and Birthday presents.
Here’s how we break it down:
1.) The kids have daily chores they need to do to contribute as a part of this family. Such as making their beds, picking up, doing dishes and so on.. They do not get paid for this. If they don’t do these items they have consequences they need to face such as losing privileges, extra chores, etc..
2.) Help Wanted Tabs. These consists of things that need to be done, but are not things that have to be done daily such as picking up weeds in the yard, washing the car or picking up dog poop. It’s an incentive for the kids to choose whether they want to work or not. If they want to work they get paid. If they don’t want to do any of these “jobs” they don’t get paid. It’s simple and It’s their choice. No more fighting about paying them for a job they didn’t do. Now If more than one child wants to do the chore, they are required to work together and split the pay.
Secretly… we keep the Commission Chore Chart all together that way they compete with each other. The kids don’t like how one is earning more money than the other. Plus this works better for me because on those weeks that I might low on funds, I can control how much and if I want to pay out any commissions.
Do your kids get an allowance/commission? If so I’d love to hear how you manage this!
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Free Printable Commission Chore Chart
Free Printable Help Wanted Tabs for Commission Chore Chart