What is the best age to start giving your children chores? And when do you start compensating them for their work? If you have babies or small children, you're forgiven if you haven't given either of these questions much thought yet. But Simple Mom has, and she believes you can -- and should -- give children as young as three regular responsibilities and an allowance.
Simple Mom created her own chore chart (available for download on her site) for her daughter. It lists simple tasks, such as helping to make her bed and picking up her toys. When she completes a job, she gets a sticker. At the end of every week, she receives a nickel for each sticker. Of that total, the nickels are sorted into three jars for giving, for saving, and for spending. (Simple Mom writes more about allowances here.)
It's a no-brainer that most of us want to instill positive values around work and money in our young, and we love the fact that this approach taps right into how visually oriented preschoolers are. What do you think? Do you have any tested-and-true strategies for (or passionate theories about) teaching kids the value of a buck?