How much pocket money / allowance do you give to your children?
Depends on their age, I suppose. When my son was in junior high school, I would give him $10 a week. I'm not sure if that's high or low, but I know I only got a quarter or two when I was a kid!
My parents didn't give us much, the equivalent of about $5 a week but we could earn as much as we wanted by working on the farm, trapping and varmint hunting, around the house washing cars & such or doing chores for neighbors.
When I was very young we collected bottles to turn in for the deposits. We actually got quite a bit of money this way. Back in the 50s & 60s you got .05 for a small, .10 for a med and some got .25. We had a citrus grove and passers by would throw lots of them so we raked in quite a take.
By the time I was 10 I drove tractors ran irrigation and lots of other things.
My parents always said you can have anything you want as long as you can save up to buy it.
Ahhh! The good old days of pulling the wagon and searching the neighborhood for empty soda bottles! We earned a lot doing this too! We also worked in my dad's wooden toy "factory". He paid us minimum wage - a fortune in the early 70s!
My parents didn't give us an allowance if we wanted money we had to work for it. I do the same with my kids if they want money or anything else fun they have to earn it.
That's a harsh and inhuman way to raise children, me thinks.
It may be harsh but they respect and take better care of their stuff as to if I just hand them money for whatever they want.
My parents never gave me an allowance. Any money my siblings and I wanted we had to earn, so we would go out and help neighbors with projects around their house or yard, babysit, or house-sit. Lucky for us, we had plenty of generous neighbors within decent walking distance. We didn't always get paid but that neighborhood was like one big family. At the time, I hated it since all my friends in school got allowances and it meant twice the work since we still had chores to do in our own house. Now that I'm older I appreciate the lessons it taught.
I do not have children. As a child, my parents gave me $5.00 a week with a few extras flown in for things such as magazines and movies. As a teenagers, I received $10.00 weekly and my father regularly give me $20.00 every Friday. That was back in the 1960s and 1970s.
At 18, I had a summer job against my father's wishes. I wanted my own money and be independent. It was a learning experience and an exhilaration. I was told that I was the best employee there as the other children HAD to work, thus were less enthusiastic.
If I had a child, the allowance would be about $15.00 weekly for an elementary school child. However, in high school, the child's allowance would be $50.00 weekly with some extras flown in for things such as movies, shopping, and a restaurant. Although I would grant these things, I would teach him/her the value of hard work through entrepeneurship. He/she can earn monies through the internet or by inventing somthing. He/she would not be idle.
I think doing chores at home should be just that - chores. It teaches children how to be a team player. And it also teaches that there are rules and chores in every home and at every job. Some chores you will prefer less than others but "here are the great results if you do them and with a good attitude".
That being said, I gave my children allowance for extra chores that were not routine.
PS - Community chores are important too. Not just the ones at home. Serving others and each other with dignity and respect is rewarded by being happy with who you are.
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