N isn’t old enough yet to get proper pocket money.
It’s obviously different for every child, but we’ll probably do similar to what my mum did and agree that he can get pocket money on the assumption that he’s kept his room tidy (it’s not looking optimistic for the future at the moment!) and he helps out around the house doing the usual things like putting his stuff in the dishwasher and helping put clothes away etc. Anything essential he needs, we’ll just buy.
But he will have ‘wages’. All the nephews and niece have had wage jars. Usually they’re kept at the farm, but N has his at our house. He does have a normal piggy bank for money he gets given, but the wage jar is specifically ‘earnings’.
N already has the grand total of £6.50 in his wages jar. The money’s mostly come from my brother-in-law, because N likes to help feed a lone calf, So if he helps do jobs on the farm, he’ll get given some wages. He does get really exciting when he comes in with some money, although he never gets round to spending it, so hopefully we’ll aim at saving it instead.
The other week he was helping to unload some heavy bags with his 13 year old cousin. The OH left them to it, unstrapping the bags ready to unload. Straight away N was following instructions from his cousin, and managed to unstrap his much faster.
Then he had to roll up the straps
And put the metal clasps away.
Then it was time to feed the calf. I presume it’s a calf that its mum didn’t want or couldn’t cope with but N loves going to feed it. The pair of them mixed the milk up, and N managed to walk the bucket round to the calf’s box.
It was lovely to see them working together. To N it’s just fun and being like his dad, but add in the occasional ‘wages’ and hopefully it’ll bring other skills and knowledge. He already knows a lot more about some aspects of farming than I do. Once his wages jar becomes a bit fuller, and he can see the money growing, then hopefully I can start adding some subtle education on money, saving, spending and teaching him how to view and work with his money he’s earnt.
Of course the downside with N’s enthusiasm and him always wanting to be on the farm, is that I never get to see him at weekends…or during the week because as soon as we’re home from (previously) nursery/school and work, he’ll take any chance possible to go and see his dad on the farm.
Do you have helpers round the house or business? How do you deal with pocket money?