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I am not a big fan of allowance on a regular basis. The idea of working on regular chores and earning respect and minding rules will get them a lot further at when it comes to getting what they want. If they mind and respect me then I am a little more willing to get them something that cost a few (literally a few) more dollars. My kids understand the only time they get anything is Christmas or birthday. They a few items a season changes but not much. I did chew my daughter out, maybe more then I should earlier this week for the shoes and her sweaters and jeans (which have holes around the wrist and knees) and and then since things are financialy tight I have been working extra hours and not seeing them all week besides bedtime and morning so in a round about way she has seen what I am talking about and her behavior has been great. The current solution since I won't buy her any replacements is she has to pick out her outfit at night and present it to me before she goes to bed. I can then see what matches, the condition of the clothes(dirty, clean, holes) and it is making her more aware of what she is wearing and paying attention more. I feel bad when I take out my stress on them but they are the reason that I work like I do and I feel they need to respect what I do and what they have. I appriciate the feedback and ideas and support from everyone and I am striving to be patient with them and teach them value not stress and anger. I am going to trail and error some new ideas and see what my kids take to. Thank you everyone.
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