Only a few weeks in, but so far so good!
I’ve been updating it with a menu and a list of the boys’ commissions for the week. We don’t give allowances, thanks to Dave Ramsey. Instead, Lucas & Avery earn money based on the contributions they make. Only a few chores stay on the list week after week. Otherwise, they enjoy a fresh set each Monday!
Because none of the chores are imperative, there’s no pressure. It’s no big deal if beds go unmade. Papa Bear will take the trash out if Avery doesn’t, and only Lucas suffers if he doesn’t take extra time on his homework. They’re not obligated to perform, and we’re not obligated to pay them. The kids love it. They often ask if there’s anything they can do for extra commissions, which is where the child slave labor comes in – please & thank you! Sometimes, they ask us to take them out for a treat instead of paying them cash. Family memories in the making = priceless.
Keeping a public menu holds us accountable with cooking & grocery shopping. The kids know what to expect, and we don’t swing open the refrigerator doors & stress out at 5pm. The new grocery goal is to shop weekly and keep our bill under $100 per trip. So far, so good; and we still manage to shop natural & organic. And to think – we’re about to grow from a family of five to a family of seven… yikes! I find this meal planner from Real Simple to be very helpful. I’m certainly no fancy cook… that’s the husband’s secret talent. But I’m trying my best, and it helps that I’m learning on the fly with a houseful of boys – big appetites & lots of grace!