The easiest way I have found to get my boys to help out around the house is to offer rewards. I’m personally not a big fan of “allowance” where children are given money just for being part of the family. However, giving your children an opportunity to work and earn and begin to learn the value of hard work I believe goes a very long way in creating hard workers.
We tried jobs for money for a little while, but as my boys are still young (ages 1-7), they don’t always grasp what money can buy. So one day, we went to the dollar store and picked out a variety of goodies that each cost just $1. I also pick up books in the scholastic book orders that are just a buck, too.
I filled up a basket with candy, toys, books, coloring books, etc. We then use pirate coins throughout the week as they complete jobs. The coins can be cashed in once a week at our Pot of Gold Treasure Box shopping day. Having the shop open once a week is perfect for us. It gives my boys something to look forward to during Family Home Evening and I don’t have to get the basket down a few times a day just for them to shop.
Filler Ideas for a Homemade Treasure Box
- Colored Pencils
- Action figures
- Coloring Book
- Sand Bucket
- Rubberband Airplane
- Nail polish
- Hair pins/bows/bands
The ideas really are endless, just try browsing a dollar store or think of your child’s interests and preferences.
Create a Chore List
Next, you need to make a chore list. For us, we just created a very simple printable bullet point list with different jobs. Anyone can complete any of the jobs on the list and each are worth a single pirates coin, unless otherwise stated. You are welcome to print and use my pdf list: How Do I Earn Pirate Coins PDF
Print and display your chart and you’ll be surprised with the kids come running up to you asking what jobs they can do. Keep in mind, my kids are still responsible for their own rooms and I do not offer coins for that. This is a responsibility they have as part of having their own bedroom and possessions.
Need more inspiration? Head over and see my printable Age-Appropriate Chore Checklist for Kids post.
How do you motivate your kids to help around the house?