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This is a great question and I am so looking forward to reading everyone's input. I really like your husbands idea Julie about everyone contributing to the family, just because they are part of the family. I think this helps build cohesiveness within the family context. It also builds a pride within the family so far as everyone contributing-much like any other team that you may have been a part of. "We all play for the team", do you see the pride that is built with sporting teams?
I do see that there should be a work ethic built in as well though, although it may be that work ethic can be created through working toward the good of the family.
So far as amount of money, I think I heard from one mom that kids should get 1$ per year of age, so a 7 year old should get 7$...or it could be more or less, such as 25 cents per year of age. Depends on what the allowance is covering.
I look forward to hearing others thoughts on this.
My husband and I had this argument as well. Ultimately it took too much time to keep track of who did what chores and for what money...so what I decided to do was to tell the kids that they got $5 each week as long as they did everything mommy asked them to do. This means that they must take out the trash, watch their siblings, do the dishes etc. if I ask them to do it without whining or complaining. This way they get their allowance, but they get used to listening to me as well!
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