Rather than paying our children an allowance or just giving them money when they need to buy things, we decided to put them on a commission system (OK, I decided and my wife went along with it). The way it works is as follows:
There is a list of jobs that they can do, each of which has a fair commission attached to it. In the beginning the list included things like putting a new bag in the trash can for $.25 or putting the silverware away from the dishwasher for $1.00. As they’ve gotten older we’ve added things like putting all of the dishes away for $3.00, helping with yard work ($3.00 for 15 minutes of work – efficiency must be approved before payment), and sweeping the floors ($5 for sweeping, $5 for mopping).
Note that the wages are what an adult would get to do the same amount of work –…
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