I haven't started giving my kids (ages 4 and 5) an allowance yet. Maybe we should soon, I'll talk to DH. I don't like the idea of an allowance being tied to chores, because chores and helping out around the house are expected and the kids should not be able to "opt-out" by foregoing allowance.
My kids have to:
- Help set the table sometimes
- Clear their plates and glasses off the table
- Put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket
- Help pick up toys
- Other chores occasionally, such as picking up sticks around the yard.
ETA: My 5-year-old has just started kindergarten, and we have to give frequent reminders for remembering his backpack and lunch box when we're leaving in the morning. I think it's going to take some time for him to master the school responsibilities.