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Now that the kids are back in school, I decided it was time for a revamp of our family economy and behavior chart.

Several years ago I attended a power of moms retreat and I instantly fell in love with the family economy system they presented, as well as a behavior chart April used in her home. You can read more about the family economy  here. I started out using the system as the Eyres described, but I have adapted it to fit my family’s needs, and I made it a little easier for me to follow through with.  

Each child has a clip board (I spray painted them gold to match my house) assigned to them. On the clipboard is a laminated chart for them to mark off what they have completed for the day.


On the back of the chart is a more detailed list detailing exactly what is expected of them in order for the job to be considered complete.

Every Monday they have an accounting and get paid. For every check mark they get a certain amount of money. In our house you can make a maximum amount of $1 per year you have been alive. My oldest is 17 so we divided $17 by 24 (they don’t get paid for Sunday) so each box he has checked off he earns $.71. My six-year-old gets $.25 per box. The catch is they must have a minimum of 80% done in order to get that price. If they have less than 80% they only get paid half of the would be total. And if they have less than 50% they don’t get any allowance.
The money they earn is to pay for anything extra they might want. Snacks at a ball game. Special pencils or art supplies. Books. Toys. Fancy socks. Fast food. Bowling with friends. We require them to put 20% of their money into savings and 10% goes to tithing for our church.

The funny thing is I have some kids who are really good about doing their jobs but completely forget to mark off their charts. And so they have lost out on pay. I do let them go back one day to mark off what they forgot to mark off but anymore than that and they are out of luck.  We have not been using the system for a little while and I know my kids are excited to start earning money again.

I have 6 children so we have 6 different jobs or zones. The youngest two switch back and forth between picking up the upstairs and unloading and loading the dish washer. The other 4 cycle through these 4 jobs. Helping with dinner, dishes, counters, and sweeping the downstairs.

In connection with the economy we use this behavior chart.  (Free printables)    I use two now that I have teenagers and they care about different things. I spray painted clothes pins gold and then wrote their names on one. Everyone begins the day on Behavior Chart. If we catch them doing something extra special they move up the chart. If by the end of the day they are still there they get to pick any reward at or below where they ended up for the next day or for the weekend. On the above chart I have a place for consequences. If they earn something they write it there. Once it is used up they erase it.

My kids only play videos games on Friday or Saturday. They have one hour each. So losing or gaining extra time is super exciting for them. My son Joseph has offered to help make the whole family breakfast the last two mornings so he has now earned an extra 30 minutes which he will use on the weekends.

Having the behavior chart takes the guess-work out of discipline. When they misbehave I give them one verbal warning and then they have to move their clip. If they refuse to move it I will move it for them but it will be moved down twice instead of once. If they argue about it they have to move it twice.

I have a couple of very stubborn children and I have found when we use the clip chart they respond really well. I think that is because they know what to expect. As opposed to me giving them some ridiculous consequence because I don’t know what else to do.

 

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