With all this being said, I want the same for my children. The problem is that like most jobs these days, Michael's job is not exactly a hands on experience where the kids can go to work and learn a trade from him. On one hand, he is able to exercise with them almost every day, teach them martial arts and help them to push their limits with his "man runs," but it's not the same as having responsibilities.
So how do you teach your children responsibilities when they don't have anything to be responsible for? We don't live on a farm, so they do not have the opportunity to take care of land or animals. We cannot have pets where we live, so that is out of the picture too. We do volunteer when we can, but with the littlest ones and a lack of babysitting funds and babysitters, it's unfortunately a limited experience that cannot be done on a continual basis - yet. I feel like this is a problem that a lot of parents must face, and unfortunately, it is one of the reasons why a lot of teenagers struggle with an inability to act responsibly.
|Philomena washing windows (with water of course!)|
So instead of just giving him an allowance without the requirement of chores in order to foster money management, I recently posted up a list of chores that the boys must complete thoroughly before they will get paid an allowance at the end of the week. Every day that they complete their chores, they mark them off the list and at the end of the week they get a small allowance ($0.50 for the 9 year old and $0.25 for the 4 year old). At the end of the month, they are allowed to spend some, but must save a percentage, and tithe 10% as well.
|My eldest, Dominic & me|