I decided a few months ago to enlist Jacob to help with household chores. I remember at his 4 year well check, his pediatrician talking a lot about including him in household duties. Age 4 apparently is a good age for this help and I would agree!
I decided to give him an "allowance" for his chores and teach him a little about money and responsibility. (or as much as you can to a 4 year old). I encouraged him to save his money until he reached $10 and we would then make a special trip to Target where he could pick out a toy. For the most part, he has been very helpful...
Using our new Shark vacuum to keep the tile and rugs clean in the kitchen
Helping me unload the dishwasher by putting up their plates and cups
Collecting the dirty laundry from their room and bringing it to the laundry room
And of course helping me put up his clean laundry
All while Lukie supervises
And clean towels
So, after weeks of hard work, we finally counted out his money from his piggy bank. He had a total of $9.38. I decided it was close enough and I threw in a little extra to cover tax etc.
He traded in his change for dollars
And tucked it away safely in his very own Lighting McQueen wallet
And off to Target we went
He had decided ahead of time he wanted to buy his first Nerf gun. And might I just add that I am really not a fan of guns and kids playing shooting etc. But I also realize that it is somehow ingrained in little boys to play this and a part of who they are. So, Jim and I decided ahead of time to let him go ahead and buy a Nerf gun and felt that he was old enough to understand the do's and dont's of having a "gun".
After showing him the toys that were under $10, he chose this
I heard him tell Luke "Lukie, I can buy you something too with my money." He was so excited so I threw in a few dollars for a little something for Luke. So, Luke got a hot wheel car that Jacob picked out for him.
He was so excited to pay for it all by himself
"How much am I supposed to give her?"
The cashier was great and she made sure I got all the pictures I wanted. So nice!
Seriously with the face, but he loves his new toy!