Well, my kids are aged 5 and 6 and as of last year I started a "chore list" based on the more they do the more pocket money they receive - it seems to work well as long as I remember to remind them to do their chores!
Basically, I created, printed and laminated a chore sheet for each of them
(with their choice of cartoon character pictured on each sheet to make it look
more fun) which is kept on the fridge for ease of reminding (at least that's the
The eldest has 4 chores: a) checking and, when full, taking the kitchen
rubbish to the outside bin; b) making his bed; c) tidying his room and d)
feeding the cat. The youngest has 3 chores: a) making his bed; b) tidying his
room; and c) keeping the lounge tidy by putting the scatter cushions back
neatly after they've been watching tv...
I laminated the sheet as they get a tick for each chore done on each week day. At the end of the week we tally how many chores were done and on top of their basic pocket money (not much, considering their ages) they get an extra amount for each chore completed. I give them the weekend off although find they usually make their beds and tidy up after themselves without even thinking about it! Come Monday, we wipe the slates clean and start again!
With each birthday an extra chore will be added to their list - as they get
older they should be able to cope with more...
Works for me and they're only too happy to get a little bit of extra pocket
money each week!