Ok, maybe not that early, but she loves to help me!
In my house, the children do perform chores and we do provide a weekly allowance for them. This allows them to have some spending money, while contributing to the upkeep of our home.
During the summer (and Christmas break) we do a formal chore system in the house. During the school year, we do not do formal chores, the kids just help out when asked. The focus during the school year must be on school, homework, and reading.
Our system is very simple, I have a piece of paper (one for each of my two children) which resembles a calendar with blocks for the days Monday - Friday. Each day I write the chore they must complete for the day. Once complete, they place a sticker in that block. I find it either to write the chore the night before or the day of depending on what needs to be done that day.
5 Year Old Chores Include:
- Picking up toys
- Cleaning his room
- Empty the bathroom garbage can
- Empty the recycles
- Put away clean clothes
- Empty dryer
- Make the bed
- Dust the furniture
- Clear the table and put dishes in sink
8 Year Old Chores Include:
- Vacuum the upstairs or downstairs
- Help mow the grass
- Take the garbage cans to the street
- Take out the kitchen garbage
- Load the dishwasher
- Fold and put away his clothes
- Change the sheets on his bed
- Do a load of laundry