This was, originally, posted on facebook; however, it occurred to me that it was an appropriate candidate for the Memory Lane blog:
After reading this article, I recalled that when I first started to receive pocket-money, after the end of WW2, my father devised what was, in effect, a Weekly Work Sheet which listed and valued various household chores. Washing-up or drying-up, for example, earned me one (old) penny and going to the shops was worth tuppence - and so on. My mother was required to initial each task I had completed and, on an average week, I might earn around a shilling. However, if I fancied buying a new Dinky toy, I would set the table for every meal each day and clean just about every pair of shoes in the house and, as a consequenece, end up with as much as half-a-crown. I believe it was a very good system for installing some sort of work ethic at a very early age and I don't think it did me any harm.