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Unfortunately, we're not at the stage where Edan can take on any real chores around the house. But, rest assured, as soon as she's ready I'll be putting my feet up, and letting her pull her weight around here.
When the time comes, I imagine we'll pay her for doing her chores, or establish some kind of an allowance. If you are thinking of (or already are) going the same route, you might want to consider Payjr, an online service that, essentially, takes care of this potential accounting headache. It keeps track of chores, sends regular status notifications, and awards kids money when their tasks are completed. Awesome!
I don't know if I'd want to automate this process entirely, as I think it'd be important to communicate with Edan, to make sure she's doing the appropriate amount of work for the appropriate reward -- but what's nice is it makes the rules very clear for everyone. Especially if you're having a tough time managing chores and allowance, or find yourself constantly negotiating with your kids over what they have or haven't completed, it might be worth a shot.
[via The BlogFathers]