We don’t believe in allowance. Allowance comes across as entitlement. Just breathing results in money. Not in our household. You work to earn money. (Can you tell we are fans of Dave Ramsey?) Our first grader is often asking what she can do around our house or farm in order to get paid. Sometimes we respond with “No, you don’t get paid to do that”, such as putting away laundry or helping to feed animals. Occasionally we can agree on something considered “extra” that is actually work that she can do to earn money, such as cleaning the bathroom, cleaning windows, etc.
Picking up walnuts qualifies as a job that pays. Hubby has many memories of collecting tons of walnuts every year and even paid for his senior high school trip this way. Our first grader was happy to help us collect walnuts. She not only enjoyed picking them up, she liked knowing she would collect cash in return.
Once we collected a nice sized load, we drove the tractor across the field and fed the nuts to the pigs. Win, win for everyone involved.