Jack is a helpful kid. I mean, when he feels like it. He can pick up his toys and put them away (if I nag him enough). He also really likes to help set the table for meals and bring in the recycling bin from the end of the driveway.
He understands that when he takes his clothes off, they go into his hamper. Most of the time.
We’ve been working on laundry folding and he likes to pair the socks. His way of balling them together is a little weird though… he basically just makes one sock ‘eat’ the other one. It works though. In a way.
Okay, fine. I totally redo them after he’s left the room, but at least he tries.
So, now I think it’s time to up the ante and start giving him some actual chores. I’m thinking of putting together a little chore chart for him and plan on rewarding him with a small amount of money for completing them. He LOVES having change available to play games (the cheap ones at the grocery store) and I think this would be a fun way for him to EARN the money, instead of just getting it for being cute.
I really don’t want to raise an entitled butthead who thinks he should expect rewards for being cute or doing nothing. Just saying.
Here’s what I’m thinking so far:
1. Help feed the dog.
2. Put away toys in family room.
3. Vacuum bedroom once per weekend.
Help me! What chores do you think are appropriate for a 4 year old and what is a typical allowance to earn?