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5 Things a Child Can Do to Earn an Allowance

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In the past, a parent might give a child an allowance for them to go to the candy store or the comic book store. Many decades ago, a child could get all kinds of things for a dime or a quarter.

Time marches on, and some parents give their kids anywhere from $20-50 a week these days. They might even give them more in wealthier families.

However, you might feel like if you’re going to start giving your child an allowance at some point, you want them to earn it. You don’t just want to provide them with that money for nothing. If your kid gets home from school and plays video games rather than doing any housework, you might not feel like they are earning that money.

Here are some things your child can do to earn their allowance. This will teach them responsibility, and that’s one of the most important lessons you can impart as a parent.

They Can Clean Their Room

When a child is very young, you might feel like you have to do all you can to protect them. You might purchase them baby earn protection, and all manner of other paraphernalia to keep them safe.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but by the time your child becomes a teenager, they’re probably not a delicate flower anymore. You can certainly ask them to clean up their room, especially if it’s full of dirty dishes and unwashed underwear.

You can tell your child that no allowance is forthcoming until they pick up all their dirty clothes and toss them in the laundry hamper. They can return their dishes to the sink or dishwasher. They can also vacuum in there and dust all the surfaces.

They Can Vacuum the Rest of the House

Vacuuming the rest of the house is something else you might tell them to do. If you own a vacuum cleaner, you can teach them how to use it. Most of them are simple enough for a teenager to grasp.

You can show them how to use the various attachments. You can also demonstrate how to pick up any clothing or small objects that could jam the vacuum cleaner or damage it.

They can earn their allowance this way, but you can also show them a skill they will need when they become an adult. Most teens can’t afford maid service when they move out on their own, so they should know how to do this.

They Can Mow the Lawn

They can mow the lawn if it’s the proper season for it. In most parts of the country, you’ll have to start cutting the lawn again in April, when the rainfall starts the grass growing. You may have to mow it through September or October.

You can show your teenager how to do it. That’s one less thing you’ll have to take care of on the weekends, and they’ll certainly earn their allowance or part of it.

You can show them how to use the lawnmower you have, whether it’s a riding mower or the walk-behind variety. They will probably need to use some muscle if your yard has some uphill sections. They’re young, though, and the exercise is good for them.

They Can Wash the Dishes

You might have your kids wash the dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher. If you have a couple of kids, then one of them can wash while the other dries.

Even if you do have a dishwasher, there’s no reason why they still can’t learn how to do it. They can rinse the dishes off, load them into the dishwasher, and then they can put them away once it finishes.

They Can Clean the Bathroom

You might even tell your kids to clean the bathroom every once in a while. The bathroom is one of the house’s areas that can get dirtier than any other.

If you have your kids scrub the shower and the toilet every few weeks, that’s not a bad idea. You can tell them to clean the sink to get rid of any old toothpaste stains as well.

You can explain to your kids if they complain that they’re helping around the house, and they’re earning the money you’re giving them. They should not expect you to provide them with an allowance for nothing, and the sooner you get them started with this practice, the better it is for the whole family.