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Learning Ideas for Giving Kids an Allowance

how to give children an allowanceFor many kids, earning an allowance can be a big deal. An allowance helps kids learn decision-making skills and teaches them the value of money. You can use a modest allowance to incentive your kids to help around the house and make them feel rewarded for a job well done. Here are some smart tips for doling out an allowance.

1. Help Children Manage School and Chores

Schoolwork and housework are both important in developing time management skills. Nowadays kids can have many extracurricular activities that need to be balanced. You don’t want to wear out your kids at the end of each day. Know how much is enough depending on your child’s age and your own personal opinion of what is a suitable workload.

2. Don’t make Allowances as a Means of Discipline

As your children get older their allowance should become less about their misbehavior. There should be separate punishment for when kids act out instead of withholding their allowances. If they still complete their chores properly they should still be given their agreed upon allowance because otherwise this can lead to confusion. Unless their misbehavior is related to their housework, parents should keep matters separate to once again reinforcement the idea of work and reward.

3. Don’t Over Pay

Help your children begin understanding the value of a dollar. Put a system in place for how much different chores around the house are worth. Setting minimal effort tasks and rewarding children with large sums of money fails to teach them value. Inversely, give big rewards to your kids when they take on bigger tasks, or go above and beyond their chores scope.  A reward whether it is a dollar amount or something else you find more creative like a gold star system should be appropriate for the task they take on. Check out Pinterest for cute chore board ideas!

4. Give Your Kids Some Freedom to Organize Themselves

This is a good tip when you ask for help with bigger projects around the house. Think about the garage, basement, attics, and even play rooms. These are areas that tend to clutter more often than others. If your children are up to the challenge ask them to clean out these areas. This will take into account your child’s organizational skills. Take them to a container store and buy bins and other supplies to create an entirely new system to organize these areas. This is something that takes a lot of critical thinking at younger ages so reward your children accordingly.

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