I thought this question was particularly appropriate time-wise since many of us are probably setting up systems and jobs as the new school year approaches (or has already approached).
First of all, I love your blog and refer to it often for advice or just a good uplifting motivation in this journey of motherhood.
And you know what? It has worked for us really well (much more about our family economy system over here: http://www.71toes.com/2012/11/a-money-system-that-works.html). After quite a bit of deliberation we realized that although we are attaching money to the big picture, that doesn’t mean that our kids are going to go off to college and think they don’t have to do anything. Rather they will have learned that it makes a difference when everyone pitches in to help out. And they will have learned how to clean, how to work…and how to spend and save money….I HOPE!!
It’s so tricky as parents because we want so much to glean from any advice and examples we see around us, but in the end, after all our research and experimentation, we just have to do what we personally feel works best for our own families. You and your husband are the experts for your own family. You know what motivates your kids. You know what worked and didn’t work in the families you grew up in. I’m sure you will figure out a wonderful family economy system that will work wonders for your family because you are striving to be deliberate about it.
I love that.