A mother who came up with a clever idea to encourage her 13-year-old son to do his chores at home has faced backlash online.
Posting her clever idea in an Australian Kmart hack group on Facebook, the mum shared a photo of the system she uses.
Her son receives $26 a fortnight if he completes chores such as cleaning the cat litter, feeding the animals and taking out the recycling, reports Daily Mail.
Then he can get another $10 if he does extra jobs, such as washing the car or finishing one load of washing.
‘This is my son’s chore list for the week plus he can do others for extra money, he’s 13 so I give him his age in money, I do fortnight as that’s what I was paid when I set up the system,’ the mother said.
With Bianca’s son being a very visual person she thought that the clever idea of putting the money in a zip-lock bag and pinning it to a board would be motivating for her son to do his chores.
She shared that it had even taught him how to budget.
‘He’s saving $10 a fortnight and spends $16, so far he’s bought two games from Xbox,’ Bianca said.
Hundreds of parents commented on her post with many saying she was giving her soon too much money and that she should expect her son to do those chores for free.
‘I don’t believe in paying my kids to help around the house,’ one group member said.
Another said that their children received pocket money from a certain age, but they did chores from much younger simply because she expected them too.
‘Start your kids early and it’s just routine. No one pays me to do this stuff and they live here too. Team effort is how it’s supposed to work,’ she said.
‘I got $0 from my parents cuz [sic] they put a roof over my head and fed me. Still did chores, my own washing ironing etc,’ a different group member said.
In response to the negative comments Bianca shared her reasoning.
‘I want him to learn how to manage money that’s why we started this, he helps with other things for free like folding his own washing,’ she said.
‘We want him to be able to manage his money so one day when he has a family, he’ll feel confident to do so,’
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