[Alternate Title: You should read this post because I'm going to tell you how to enter to win one of three iPhones at the bottom. Not that you need one, or anything]
Back a few months during my last wax visit (no, not that one), I got into a conversation with my aesthetician about our preschoolers and responsibilities. She asked me if I made Quinlan do things around the house, other than make gigantic messes.
I told her that Quinlan does various chores around the house, which she started fairly early on her in career as a kid.
I readied myself for the gasps or backlash, that I'm still surprised tends to come my way when I explain that if she's big enough to make messes, draw intricate mermaids, and build junk castles, she's definitely capable of cleaning, emptying the dishwasher tray, and making her bed.
But to my surprise, she totally agreed with me.
If my parents did anything right, they instilled in me the value of money. We were fortunate to have more than enough, but I definitely had to save my own money to buy extras, and later on gas, car insurance, and then college.
And while they were at the extreme end of things, I do appreciate that they instilled within me the value of the dollar.
Of course, they could have worked a bit harder on the whole credit card thing (helloooo) but overall, I knew that if I wanted something, aside from special occasions, I would need to earn them. And that goes for kids as little as three and four.
I've been toying around with exactly how to get her started on an official chore/allowance system, because on one hand, I want for her to earn money, but on the other, I do not like the minutiae of some of the chore charts out there that keep track of every speck of dust your kid cleans up.
Just give me something quick and easy that outlines the simple responsibilities a preschooler needs and doesn't create some type of organizational headache for me, and I'm sold.
So I purchased this savings bank, mainly because it separates the money out into "Spend, Save, Give" instead of lumping everything together into one gigantic pig belly.
And I also found this chore chart, which I've seen in person, and happens to be the low maintenance mom's chore chart. Basically, if they do it, they turn the knob and it says stuff like "Good Job!" or "You Rock." Then you can count the number of turned knobs at the end of the day and reward them.
I haven't officially started yet, but I've got everything almost set to begin. I figure there's nothing like being at Target with a whiny preschooler and being able to say "Buy it yourself, kid."
You've got to start somewhere, right?
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