Date: October 12th, 2018 8:00 AM
If you’ve been thinking about how to help your kids understand the importance of earning money and saving, try this system of using job lists at home.
These steps will help your kids learn these valuable life concepts:
1. Establish a list of jobs and how much you’ll pay your kids to complete each job. Assign prices you’re comfortable with.
2. Focus on coming up with age-appropriate jobs for each child. Make separate lists for children if there’s more than 2 or 3 years’ difference in their ages.
· Consider these examples for a 10-year-old child’s job list:
ü Sweep the kitchen, $1.00
ü Load the dishwasher, $1.00
ü Dust the living room tables, $1.00
· Examples for 12 to 14-year-old children are:
ü Clean the bathroom, $3.00
ü Mop the kitchen, $3.00
ü Polish the silver tea set, $2.00
3. Conduct a family meeting to explain to the kids about how the job list works.
4. When the children choose to complete a task on the list, they must first ask permission to do the task.
· This step is to avoid children doing a task just after someone else completed it, thus not really doing the work necessary to earn the money.
5. Require the children saves a certain percentage of their earnings. A reasonable amount is 20 to 50 per cent.
· Have them either place their savings in a separate piggy bank or take the kids to the bank to open their own savings accounts.
· Explain that as they mature, they can buy almost anything they want, if they save for it. Mention it’s also important to save for “a rainy day.”
6. Compensation can be paid immediately or at the end of the week.
· If you select the “pay day” method at the end of the week, keep in mind you’ll need to keep a record of each child’s completed jobs and amounts earned during the week.
7. Praise your kids’ efforts to do the jobs. Compliment your kids’ cheerfulness while they’re working and focus on any positive behaviors and attitudes they demonstrate.
· Talk about how being responsible is a wonderful “grown-up” characteristic for them to have.
· Reinforce the children’s independence and perseverance in completing jobs.
8. Adjust and additions to job lists as your kids get older so tasks fit their ages.
Using job lists at home is very effective in teaching kids the values of working, earning money, and saving.
When children learn these concepts as youngsters, they’ll grow up to enjoy work and value saving as well.