I was at church a couple weeks ago when John Maxwell spoke. He suggested what I thought was a GREAT idea for paying your kids an allowance:
Pay them to read books.
He said it was one of the greatest things his parents did when he was growing up. The details of his suggestion:
1. An allowance wasn't given for family chores. You did chores because you were part of the family and no one got paid for them.
2. The parents would pick out a book and tell the kids how much they'd earn to read it.
3. After the kids read the book, they'd discuss it with their parents. Once the parents were sure the kids actually did read the book, they would get paid.
My wife and I talked about this and think it is a very good way to encourage kids to read. Our kids are already good readers, but we'd like to see them challenged a bit more in what they are reading -- and this should help us do it.
What do you think of the idea?