Getting Tweens to Help Around the House (and earn their allowance)
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Oh My Gosh! Â TWEENS!! Â Do you have one too? Â I have two in my house and they can be a challenge. Â Both of my boys are in several after school activities; football, wrestling, baseball, and lacrosse. Â It keeps us VERY busy. Â It also has a monetary cost. Â We’ve recently switched our allowance system up and are now making them help pay for these activities. Â We want them to know how much new cleats, mouthpieces, and fees actually are so they can learn to budget their own money (with our help). Â We also want them to know that we ALL have to work for what we earn and getting them to do that work canÂ be trying.
My husband and I were actually going over our budget today at lunch. Â We sit down once a month to discuss any changes and to make sure everything is on track. Â My husband actually puts it in his work calendar as “Budget Meeting” to make sure it gets done. Â We tell each other what’s going on so there’s not a surprise bill or event the other doesn’t know about it and we’re on the same page. Â We also discuss what’s going on with the kids and what fees they need to pay and equipment they need to purchase.
Getting Tweens to Help Around the House
I respect their time. Â I try not to bombard them when they come home from school. Â I let them relax and get a snack. Â If I notice that they are in the middle of a show or focused on another project, I will wait to ask them to do something or remind them they need to do their chore after they’re done. Â I know I wouldn’t want to be interrupted if I just sat down to watch The Walking Dead!
Let them make some of the decisions.Â Each child has a different schedule so I can’t say that we’ll do all chores the same day. Â My oldest son (he’s 11) Â does his own laundry, but he does it over a couple of days. Â I wouldn’t do it that way, but there is nothing wrong if that’s what he wants to do. Â My youngest (he’s 9) prefers to do a lot of his in the morning so he can play after school. Â Sometimes I know their plan will backfire on them, but I let them learn for themselves.
Don’t nag! Â My son knows when he needs to take out the trash. Â Unless it’s overflowing it doesn’t have to be done right away. Â It can be frustrating to ask over and over again, but maybe stepping back is a good thing. Â They will learn to take initiative and get things done on their own. Â Part of teaching tweens about money and budgeting is also responsiblity.
ChorePal app from COUNTRY FinancialÂ® Â This is a new app that I just downloaded and we’re trying out. Â You can add your kids and a list of their chores. Â You can assign what day it needs to be done and how many points or how much they earn when they complete each item. Â This is so a good idea since tweens love technology and are all about using their computers, phones, and tablets.
It’s great because it shows when they do their household chores, Â they will get a reward in points or money (whatever you decide). Â They were both pretty excited today because neither one had chores listed, only their little sister!! Â ð Â It definitely makes doing chores a little more fun.
COUNTRY FinancialÂ® is a full service financial company from insurance to retirement savings and investing, Â so you can literally do everything with this one company. Â They also have a securities index that measures America’s feelings on personal finance.Â Â The last COUNTRY FinancialÂ® Security Index looked at teaching children about finances, chores, and allowance. Â The ChorePal app is a tool they created to help people accomplish that goal.
The other day my son had to buy ANOTHER mouthpiece and he was actually looking at the price tag! Â I think my relaxed approach is working and is teaching them to take ownership of their work. Â It’s teaching them time management skills and accountability. Â Good luck with your tween and let me know how it goes and how you like the app.