Today a friend of mine was over with her kids and we were watching the boys play in the yard. She looked at my deck and said "wow look at all that snow, I wonder if the deck can handle all of that weight." Of course being from California these are just not things you think about; shovelling before it ices over, clearing gutters, making sure pipes don't freeze, clearing decks so they don't collapse. Who knew there was so much to living in New England? Any who, we decided to put the boys to work clearing the deck, (and secretly making them exhausted so they can let us watch Grey's in peace, yes it's Thursday). As they shovelled and played and shovelled a little more, a thought popped into my head, "should I pay them for this?"
Now I know money and kids is a touchy and heated topic with some people firmly taking sides. Unfortunately for me, I do not know which side of the fence I'm on. So far, at our house my boys do not get allowance, but they also don't have regular chores. We have a housekeeper who does the major elbow work and we just tidy up as needed. When I was a kid I didn't get allowance and I had a ton of chores. Every Saturday was spent cleaning the house and some weeks included yard work. I got money for movies or skating when I asked for it if it was available. My children's life is different. They don't have to scrub the floors and they are still too young for the mall and movies. My husband also has no strong opinion either way. Sooo, do I pay them or not is a tough question for me. It's work that someone in the family would have to do. If their father or I did it we would not be rewarded. No one is responsible for the mess. It is something they can handle. Hmmm.
I'm still on the fence about allowances. Honestly, I want them to figure out how to earn their own money, but I 'll cross that bridge when I come to it.