21 Feb To Pay, or Not to Pay: Part 2
You’re back! Yay. Because this part usually peaks people’s curiousity. And, can be divisive, so that’s exciting, right? Haha.
Are you ready to know what else I lump in with ‘household chores’ and shell out money for?
The learning of life skills.
Yes, in my house, it pays to be independent. At least at first.
Some examples of these skills across the board: trimming your own toenails/fingernails, using matches safely, making a phone call, scheduling your own appointment, tying your shoes, writing a grocery list, changing a light bulb, ordering something online, making a sandwich, etc. The list here is long, and enlightening.
These life skills are often thought of by my children as ‘the fun chores,’ and though they may be fun, they can also be challenging. So, I throw one at a time on their chore chart and pay them for it while they’re practicing to provide them with the extra motivation they need to push through and conquer something hard. The other bonus? It forces me, literally, to carve out some time to have meaningful teaching moments with my kids.
Once they’ve mastered it, it’s no longer on the pay roll! It’s simply becomes a mastered life skill that makes them feel big and trusted and proud. And as their mom, I feel the same.
P.S. In my ebook coming in Summer 2016, I’ll have a whole list of important life skills broken down into age-appropriate groups to be rotated through a chore chart. Until then, I found this site that can get you started.