Last year, we were lucky enough to have a “femme de menage” come out and help us out with chores around the house. However, this year we have a big goal – we want to spend all of next summer (or as much as we can afford) traveling & camping in Europe. With this goal in mind, we are economizing and doing without any household help for the year. However, we are lucky enough to have two children old enough to be quite helpful, and we plan to put them to work! Lucky for them, we are willing to compensate them, since it will also be a great way to teach them about budgeting and work on a bunch of math skills. We sat down as a family and created a chore list, assigning a price to each chore, and I’ve made the boys checkbooks to help them keep track of the money they earn and spend, so that I don’t have to constantly find dirhams to pay them with. The boys are super excited about this – especially because I have offered to exchange their dirhams to dollars (more math lessons!) and allow them to download games, books and music to their “devices”. Anyways, while I was making the checkbook, I realized that it is something I might use in my classroom too, so I decided to put it into Google Docs, just in case anyone else wanted to use it – for inspiration or printing! If any other parents out there want to share their chore payment ideas – I’m always open minded to options!!