J.B. asks from Bloomfield Hills, MI on July 10, 2009
What Hourly Rate to Pay for 13 Year Old?
My 13 year old daughter gets a $13 per week allowance, which $10 she can spend, $3 she saves. She has to keep her shoes put away, coat hung up kind of stuff to earn her allowance. Not that much "extra" work at all. She loves to shop, and wants more money. So I will pay her for extra jobs around the house, like vacuuming, yard work etc. We are trying to come up with a fair hourly rate. I think $4 -5 per hour is fair. What do any of you pay for extra work? What would be a fair rate per hour?
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L.D. answers from Grand Rapids on July 11, 2009
If the others are stingy then I must be a slave driver!!! My oldest is 11yrs old. Every week he:
vacuums the kitchen and living room 2x
cleans his bathroom
reads for 30min per day
cleans his room
does math flash cards
picks up the dog poop 1x/week
Cleans his geko's cage
Puts away his laundry
These are all things he does because he is part of the family. If his chores are done by 11:00am he can play the WII for 1/2 hour.
The way he earns extra money is by helping his dad out on the job site(dad is a builder). He gets paid $3/hr for things like cleaning the job site, putting his dad's tools back in the truck, etc. He has even run a heat gun and pulled up floor tiles.
I know this sounds like a lot but kids will rise to the level of your expectations. If you want a good guideline check out Dave Ramsey (he is a financial councelor on the raido and has a website too). He has a great explanation of how to pay kids that will really help guide you.
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A.D. answers from Grand Rapids on July 11, 2009
Having your child learn to save now is a great tool for teaching her about finances when she is older. We do the same with our son. He receives $7.00 a week for doing his chores and must save 1/2 of that.
In my opinion 4-5 dollar to do extra work around the house is way to much. For every chores she does I would give her an extra dollar. The problem with all our children today is we as parents hand them over so much money that when they get older they do not understand the value of money because they have never had to work a hard days labor for it. We are teaching them money comes easy. why not blow all this money on candy? I can make more next week. If they had to work hard for there money they do not spend it so fast. Good luck on what you decide.
F.W. answers from Detroit on July 11, 2009
You might want to consider paying her by the job instead of the hour, unless it is something like babysitting. I don't give my 14 year old an allowance, if she wants money she will have to earn it. I pay $20.00 for weeding the front (huge) garden beds, $5.00 an hour for babysitting, and I work at home, so if she helps me in the office it is about $10.00 per hour, which usually only lasts 1-2 hours. WE workout other jobs /payments as they arise.
D.H. answers from Detroit on July 11, 2009
I don't have a child this age, but I would do it based on chore not time. Even adults can learn to be time oriented instead of task oriented. Maybe pick out 2-3 tasks at first that you think will be relatively easy for her to become proficient at, have her take those over for a set rate. Having an ongoing expectation would probably help both you and her as far as organizing. An extra $10 per week if all chores are done seems reasonable to me if chores would take you about 2.5 to 3 hours. When we were growing up I think we got 5 dollars a week for allowance and we WORKED for it. Good Luck
T.K. answers from Detroit on July 11, 2009
Honestly I would rate each job with a pay. Since she needs a push now and then. And then tell her she needs to spend at least this amount of time but no more than this... then she can learn how to budget time and get things done in reasonable amount of time and teach her life skills that she'll need in the future anyways!!
J.B. answers from Detroit on July 11, 2009
Wow, do I feel stingy now! My 11 year old stepson (who is only with us on the weekends) gets $1/day or 1 hour of video game time when he does his chores. He has to do the following daily:
Make his bed
Take out the trash
Take out the recycling
Unload the dishwasher
Shower (yes, we had to make it a condition!)
Put his clean clothes away
Straighten his room
Sometimes, we add chores to it for extra money, but it's only about $1 or $2 per chore, depending on the complexity. For instance, if I ask him to sweep the kitchen floor or vacuum, it's only $1. But if I ask him to clean the bathroom (which is tiny in our house, but still), we'll give him $2 or $3. I don't do per hour because it takes him forever to get stuff done sometimes, and it would end up being just too much money for a half-done job.
I'd say at 13, she could be doing a lot more for extra chores, but it's your prerogative. Good luck!
R.W. answers from Jackson on July 12, 2009
We don't pay hourly for extra work...because kids tend to daudle :-D
we pay for the task...and negotiate the price with the child (Kids are also cheap...)
So say I need the floor vacuumed I'll ask the 7yr old how much he wants me to pay him for vacuuming he'll give me a number and we'll negotiate if I think it's too high...usually it's not usually he'll say "A dollar"
H.B. answers from Detroit on July 11, 2009
Wow! I guess we're a lot cheaper than you are! We only give allowance equal to our kids' ages per month. They have three piggy banks which they must decide how to divide the money amongst (savings, charity, and spending). And we always make them set and stick to a "savings goal."
But, in answer to your question, whenever we have our kids do any special projects above and beyond their normal chores, we typically pay them a flat fee. Such as say, $10 to clean and vaccuum the inside of our van. Or $20 to clean the interior windows of the entire house.
Here's another thought. Your daughter is 13, and she is old enough to start babysitting. Why not sign her up for a babysitting class through your local community ed program? We did that for our daughter. Then together, we made a flyer which we passed out to people in our area with small children. Since she'll be working for someone else other than mom and dad, perhaps that will help combat some of the laziness you mentioned. Plus, she'll probably feel good knowing she's truly earning the money she's making.