When I was growing up, there was just my sister and I in our home, we had no brother, probably why I have never thought about pocket-money and the gender divide. But it was bought to my attention a week or so ago and article where, according to the Westpac Kids and Money Survey it found that girls on average received less pocket than their male counterparts however, on average worked longer at completing their chores. The main reason seemed to be that as parents, we dished out the chores according to gender, with boys receiving jobs such as washing the car, and mowing the lawn and girls jobs such as doing the dishing, tidying up and folding washing.
I’d never thought about it until now, having Princess and Ragamuffin, but it is time I did. When I was growing up, the chores/jobs were listed and divided into two, my sister did one lot and I did the other, the next week we alternated. We received the same amount of pocket-money if we did our jobs, and if we didn’t, well, the back was closed!
Initially I find the idea of giving my children different amounts of pocket-money somewhat unfair. But then when I thought about some of the jobs I used to do as a child individually, I’m not so sure? My thinking at the moment is, that when my children are in fact old enough to receive pocket-money, we list the jobs and as a family discuss the time involved in completing it, its level of difficulty and the impact it would have on the family if it wasn’t done and then put a price on each. From their, fortnightly, the children can opt for which chores they would like to do. If they want an easy week due to other commitments, they can choose that but in doing so may possibly not earn as much. Or, if they had something they were saving for, they may opt the other way. Negotiations would have to take place between them and us, generating good communication skills (hopefully!).
So what do you think? How would you divide the jobs up between your children and what price would you put on them? I’d really love to hear your take on this!