I just thought I'd log on (procrastinate grading a quiz) and post something that's been working well for Miss Emily. A few months ago, I was wanting to teach her how to pitch in and help with keeping our house clean, but I wanted to find a job that she was capable of doing correctly (I didn't want to have to go behind her and re-do the chore). After talking to my elementary school teaching mom of 4 SIL, I decided Emily's job would be unloading the silverware from the dishwasher. SIL suggested this because it also helps with learning to sort. I must say that Emily is an expert silverware unloader. She's actually better than her Daddy about getting things in the right spot ;-) I just put away the sharp knives, and she takes care of the rest.
When my mom was visiting us in Feb, I was concerned when Emily started asking her "Will you buy me _______" (fill in the blank with various princess accessories). I decided to talk to Emily about saving money to buy her own princess items. So I bought her a ballerina piggy bank and started paying her an allowance for doing her chore. I just give her 5-10 nickels and dimes (she thinks it's a lot of money since it's a lot of coins), and she happily deposits them in the ballerina piggy. She knows she is saving up to buy her very own Princess Aurora ensemble from WDW one day (hopefully summer 2010).
Since I pay her on Saturday, she always saves one dime to put in the collection at church. At first, she fought me on this because she wanted to save all of her "monies," but it's now routine for her to "save one to give to Jesus." I think that her giving one of her own dimes is teaching her more than us giving her a dollar to put in the plate. But sometimes we do that, too.
Anyway, I thought maybe some other moms are wondering about age-appropriate chores and if/when to give an allowance, so that's my take. I'd love to hear from other moms on this topic!
Pray for me that I'll get my grades done in time for report cards!!!