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Chores for 5 Year Old?

Does your five year old do chores and do you offer money (like a quarter)for "heavier" chores (not daily ones like set the table)? Thanks

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I don't get paid to clean up after myself, neither do the kids.

My 5 and 7 year olds clean their room, make their beds, put dirty clothes in the hamper, put clean, folded clothes away, put dirty dishes in the sink, feed/water the dog, water the flowers outside, help put away other laundry (like linens), sweep the floors (one holds the broom, the other holds the dustpan), etc.

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I don't get paid to clean up after myself, neither do the kids.

My 5 and 7 year olds clean their room, make their beds, put dirty clothes in the hamper, put clean, folded clothes away, put dirty dishes in the sink, feed/water the dog, water the flowers outside, help put away other laundry (like linens), sweep the floors (one holds the broom, the other holds the dustpan), etc.

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No, we do not pay our kids (3 and 6 ) to help clean up….especially after themselves! A friend of mine made a Summer Wish list for her kids (bowling, movies, picnic in the park and so on) and they have a sticker chart they have to fill up & once they do that, they get to pick one item from the list and they will go and do it. They earn stickers for cleaning up and good behavior. Gives the kids a chance to earn something, but you are not paying them direct for each "core" they do.

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Our son just turned 6 yo is responsible for setting and clearing dinner table, picking up after himself (putting away toys), helping to bring dirty clothes to laundry room, helping to water the flowers outside.

He does not get paid to do this...this is his contribution to helping the family.

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No money. We don't get paid to clean at home.

I have a 3yr old son and an 8yr old daughter. My daughter puts away her own (folded) clothes. She cleans up her room. She vacuums the upstairs (where there's a rug or carpet). She helps me change her bed. She helps me with cleaning most of the house and then we get to play! My son helps his sissy pick up the toys upstairs (both of their rooms and their playroom is upstairs). He 'helps' wipe down the kitchen. He 'helps' mop the floor (with a Swiffer - not that he does much but he likes doing this). He 'helps' do laundry. He'll sit on the dryer and I hand him the things that need to go into the washing machine and put the soap in that I've measured out. Then he'll put the stuff into the dryer as I hand it to him from the washer.

They offer help all the time. They know that there's way more fun play time after the house is in order. Because mommy will take them someplace fun! There is a fountain in the city I live in that the kids get to play in... It's free, fun, and cooling for all in the summer.

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The only time we pay our kids is when they help out doing out of the norm things like planting flowers, mowing grass, raking up the leaves etc... but not for their normal stuff.

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We were having difficulty motivating our 5-year-old to do simple, age-appropriate tasks, so we set up a chore chart. She gets a sticker when she does the tasks and at the end of the day or week (whichever she prefers), she gets a penny for each sticker. We also set it up so she could lose a penny for inappropriate behaviors. This worked fairly well and taught her a great deal about numbers and money.
There is also a website called handipoints.com where you can set up free chore charts. Kids earn points towards parental rewards and separate points to play in Handy Land. My daughter hasn't even asked about the parental rewards; she is just happy to have time on the computer. There are a multitude of tasks to choose from (household, personal care, eating, exercise) and you can customize however you want. There are also weekly or daily chore charts depending on how you want to set it up. (We use both.)
Good luck,
J.

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We provide an allowance but it's not tied to chores. I like the idea of kids learnig the value of money early so we started an allowance at age 4. Five year old chores will be organizing room and playroom, setting table, watering indoor plants, etc.

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My LO is still too young for chores but my nephew has chores..he makes his bed, puts his toys in his cubby drawers before bed, and helps set the table. He does receive an "allowance" per chore..or I think it's per day..I'm not too sure about that one? But here are some great polls that I found on having chores and allowance for 5 year olds:

http://www.skinnyscoop.com/question/q/815?utm_campaign=th...

http://www.skinnyscoop.com/question/q/115?utm_campaign=th...

http://www.skinnyscoop.com/question/q/872?utm_campaign=th...

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