On military bases, when kids turn 12 and take the red cross babysitting course, they can babysit (certain restrictions do apply). So when #1 turned 12, we let him begin taking some responsibility with his younger sibs.
But of course he wanted to be PAID! So here's what we worked out:
*he makes $2 per hour baseline (yep, I'm aware how cheap that is... :)
*if he does certain add on niceties (like play catch nicely, color with them, etc), he can make more $
*if I ask the younger sibs how he did as the babysitter and they said he wasn't great, he gets $0
*if the younger sibs call me while he's babysitting and ask us to rescue them...he pays us!!
*I had to capture this moment. This is #1 being the helper side of the tween instead of the needler. The needling took place 2.2 seconds after the photo was taken...
I love these kids!