Friday, April 20, 2012

Allowances for toddlers?

Lexi has chores that she has to do mostly on a daily basis.  Some of them are "expected" things...like putting her clothes in her hamper, brushing her teeth, and throwing her garbage in the can.  But she also does things that aren't "expected"...like feeding the dogs, helping unload the dishwasher, and helping with laundry. 

Today, I asked her to feed the dogs.  She did so...with only my verbal guidance on the steps.  I gave her 2 quarters afterwards and told her that this was her "payment" for doing her job.  She was so happy to get those quarters (she uses quarters when we go to the mall to ride in those little rides they have) and immediately put them in her "purse". 

My question is...do you think it's too early to introduce an allowance?  I mean, she is only 3...but then again, I don't think that it's ever too early to teach a child the value of money.  What are your experiences/thoughts on the subject?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never!!! Especially since she knows you use them to get stuff/do stuff already!! I'm especially impressed that she does things for you without you having to beg and threaten!!! Good job mom!!!

Betty Rubble said...

I'm certain there is some book that would disagree with me, but I think it's brilliant!

You're teaching her a few lessons-cause and effect, cost of living (a pony ride), and how to save money for future use.

Of course she is a smart cookie so she could start charging you for everythign. LOL.

LOVE IT!