Each child gets a base amount of allowance. They have some basic responsibilities (i.e. keeping room clean, unloading backpacks & lunches) and a few specific chores (i.e. emptying the wastebaskets around the house, poop patrol in the yard). They can earn a bit of extra money by completing some special, bigger jobs. They can also lose money by fighting, not listening, etc. I am in charge of the additions, deductions and the weekly tally. I have a makeshift ledger on the back of my weekly to do list.
Raking leaves, to some extent, is a bonus job. Worth 25 to 50 cents an outing. Could this possibly be the reason the boys came home and, without prompting, raked 3 afternoons this week--including the day it was pouring rain?
Well that and they're good young boys.