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TDFreak
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Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
OK, so I'm trying to get my kids on the chore regimen and I want to implement an allowance as positive reinforcement. My question to the OT Dads and Moms is what is a typical allowance these days. My kids are middle school age.

I was also considering an extra-credit allowance plan. The base set of chores get a set allowance amount, but if they go above and beyond (vacuum the whole house, pick up dog shite in the yard, etc), they get an extra bonus. What would a good bonus be? $1 for each dog turd? $3 per room?

TIA


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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Allowance? You pay for them survive. Their job is to get good grades and help around the house.


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StringedInstruments
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Set a number for meeting all of their chores. Not on a chore by chore basis. Maintaining the home is part of their responsibility and they shouldn’t see each as an isolated chore on a hierarchy system.


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Sao
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
How about save your money and just explain to them that phone isn't free. They have a choice. Chip in or hand it over.
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2 Jugs
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
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allowance




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tigersownall
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Boys? Put them to work in the neighborhood cleaning yards. Make them earn their keep. Learn the true value of a dollar.


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facher08
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Chores should be an expected responsibility as a member of the family. The acts over and above your normal expectations is what should warrant the allowance.


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Slagathor
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
What tasks do they do already without being asked to or compensated for?


ETA: Like someone said, maybe try a base of uncompensated chores that must be completed before extra tasks can be done for money
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Earthmover
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
We have a 12 year old. He earns a $10 week salary by doing well in school and doing chores as assigned.


Jim Rockford
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Tree fiddy, of course.


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tigersownall
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
The day I turned 15 I got my first job that Uncle Sam knew about. I loved to work. I used to take a taxi from Kenner to elmwood before I had my car.

Now I’m dying for a day off.



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Clark W Griswold
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Don’t give an allowance.


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50_Tiger
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
My dad threatened to throw me out if I didn’t do chores.

Wtf is an allowance


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The Mick
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Allowance is good if you make them pay for certain things with their own earned money. It can be small thinks like candy or games. It teaches them value of money and starting foundation of how to budget and not blow money so easily. They’ll learn to save.


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windshieldman
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
We have 4 kids but really don’t do an allowance. Wife and I go out to eat about 2-3 times a year and older kids will watch younger 2 and if they make sure they are bathed, fed, and put to bed I’ll pay them $10 a piece.


ScaryClown
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Once you pay your kids to do chores they won’t do anything for free. Strongly recommend against it and like someone else said tell them that phone isn’t free.

And shite a $1 a turd at my house with 3 dogs would make me go bankrupt.
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OysterPoBoy
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
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$1 for each dog turd?


I’ll do it for $1 a turd.


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Weagle25
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
Growing up my allowance for doing the chores was not getting my arse beat.

Seemed to work pretty well.


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Muthsera
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
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My kids are middle school age.


You waited too long. You should have been encouraging age-appropriate housework as part of their contribution to a functioning family unit from the time they were able to toddle around.

Many young children desire to help but get told "No" until the parents judge them old enough to be useful. Then they have to be mentally broken down and forced to work.


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Ash Williams
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re: Paging OT Parents Re: Allowance Advice
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Wife and I go out to eat about 2-3 times a year


Holy shit

I love my kids but We have to get away two or three times a month or we get cabin fever.

Ours are all under 7 though


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