I know they should do it anyway, but sometimes my kids just need a little extra incentive- especially when they have friends over. The beauty of this system is that everyone participates.
I don't really care who I give the money to as long as the jobs are done.
This is a great system for kids ages 3 to about 10 years old.
Start with a big jar.
Write all the jobs you want done on slips of paper.
They cannot be "Clean the living room," but. rather they should be components of a larger job. Therefore, "clean the living room" becomes:
"Put away things that don't belong in the living room"
"vacuum living room rug"
"sweep living room"
"dust living room"
Each job is worth a quarter. The amount of money each kid makes is determined by the speed they work.
Jonah quit when he had 2 quarters. He's 5. I guess 50 cents was enough for him.
One of the friends decided she wanted a dollar, so she did 4 jobs.
Eventually, everything got clean.
And then we had ice cream.