Ideally, we all wish our kids would do some chores around the house on their own accord, right? But that doesn't always happen.
Single Mom Seeking: So, we've been doing an informal survey of moms about chores, and here's what we've learned:
Some of you don't believe in allowance because, you say, being part of a family means being responsible. You teach your kids to chip in and help out every day just because.
Some of you DO dole out extra cash when your kids help out: folding laundry, washing dishes, packing their lunches. It's not a regular allowance, per se, but an informal way of saying "thank you."
Still, some of you give a weekly allowance to your kids because you say this is a great way to teach money skills early on. When your kids need "extra" things, you remind them about their allowance and say this is a great way to learn about budgeting.
One of our favorite allowance ideas so far comes from a single mom who goes by KB Hot Mama. Here's why she set up three piggy banks for her son:
The first piggy bank is for his allowance: "He's allowed to spend a portion of his allowance on whatever he wants. He's made some bad decisions, and he's learned from them. What could be better than that?"
The second piggy bank goes straight into his savings bank. Enough said.
And the third piggy bank? After saving up, he gives to a charity of his choice.
"He has used the charitable giving bank every year to buy a Christmas gift for a child at a local shelter for abused women and their children. It's been an excellent learning opportunity."
Do you believe in giving allowance? What works for you? We'd love to hear from you!
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|