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Putting Fall Chores on Your Holiday List

There’s always an opportunity to discuss finances with your children. With the changing seasons and winter on its way, creating a list of helpful chores with price tags can make learning fun. Use holiday gift giving as an incentive.

Make a list of chores that need to be done. Explain how you’d like your kids to pitch in, and while helping out the family, they can also earn some money for holiday shopping. Discuss age-appropriate payments for a job well done. Here are a few ways they can help out this fall:

Get the Rake out. They come in all sizes.

Even kids as young as four can help with this one (have you seen those little mini rakes?). Fresh air, hard work, and fun go into ridding the yard of leaves. It can be a family event or a kid’s only affair. Jumping in piles is definitely allowed!

Prep the House for Winter.

Older kids can be really helpful here. Moving heavier things, like grills, outdoor furniture, and planters, helps them see what it takes to take care of a home. Get them involved in making sure shovels are prepared and sand is available for snow removal. Younger children can get into the act by moving any outdoor toys indoors. A discussion about why things are taken care of and how much they cost to replace fits in nicely here.

Get Festive.

If you like to change up your outdoor décor to match the season, get your kids involved by having them make something for your porch or door. A holiday wreath with natural things they find in the yard is a great way to start. Show them how much you save by making it instead of buying it.

Thanksgiving Helpers.

There are oodles of ways kids can participate. Task them with finding those special serving plates used on the holiday. Ask them to be in charge of making sure there are ample table settings for all of your guests. Polishing silver, choosing music and making name tags can all help the entertaining effort. Even grocery shopping can be an excellent chore for a child who can drive.

Bottom line:

If you learn to recognize the opportunities to discuss finances with your kids, you’ll see they arise every day.