We have worked out an arrangement whereby Mommy gets 5 minutes of massage (more like about 8 minutes -- thankfully they can't really tell time that well yet, hehe) for $2.00. Simon and Alex take turns walking on my back, rubbing the heels of their hands into my shoulders, and pounding my muscles with their little hands several times a week. Each time they are done, they get to go to the piggy bank and find $2.00 (usually in smaller coins, since we often keep twonies for ourselves, my husband and I).
The physical and health benefits of this arrangement to me are obvious, and to them include not only learning to give of themselves, their time and their talents, but also learning to count -- what Grade One kid do you know that can make change and count out pennies, nickels and dimes to two dollars as quick as Alex and Simon?!
Morning Massage.... everyone wins!