I keep a Menu board in our kitchen and update it weekly, usually Sunday night, with the family. I'll ask if there are any requests and will try to accept most unless it's something we've just had the previous week or if I don't have the ingredients on hand and don't think I'll get them in time. Friday or Saturday is always homemade pizza night. Here's our menu for the week:
s Charles and I pulled up to the house at 9am after a quick stop at Sprouts, he took one look at Nora who came out to greet us and said, "uh, not really surprised to see her in her swimsuit already." Agreed. She wears that thing every single day. And like her ruby red slippers?
Since Elisabeth and Charles are now at an age where they can be very helpful (specifically thinking of babysitting and mowing the lawn and weed whacking), we've decided to start them on a monthly allowance...we're also doing this because we want to teach them money skills, how to save, tithe, and value their things. So every month, at the end of the month they will get paid $20 if and only if they've kept up on all their normal daily and weekly chores (piano, unloading dishwasher, clean room, making bed, clean bathroom etc) plus, if Charles took care of the lawn mowing and weed whacking all four weeks and Elisabeth babysat for all our weekly dates plus whenever I had to run errands. Elisabeth babysits a ton so I don't think she'll ever not make her $20 and Charles could make less if he missed a week doing the lawn (basically $5 each time he mows/trims). They are required to give 10% to tithing and 40% to long term savings (which will go to car, mission, college etc), and the other 50% is theirs to keep, but we encourage them to always save a little so they can buy a friend a birthday gift if they're invited, or go to a movie etc. Right now the three oldest are trying to save for a kids laptop, so they are working toward that. Since the older kids are getting a regular income, we told the younger girls that if they get all their chores done, they can pick a 'money chore' from our list and earn a dollar for that chore. I have a chart up on my fridge where I keep track of who does money chores during that month and we'll pay them all at once of the last day of the month. The little girls really don't do much from the 'money chore' list, though I imagine if there's something they decide they really want, they'll do it.