Hey Mom and Dad, How Much Allowance Do Your Kids Get For Their Chores?
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Many parents assign their children certain chores or other duties around the house in exchange for a regular allowance as a good way to instill work ethic and responsibility. But the range of money paid and work performed can vary significantly from house to house. That brings us to this week's question:
What is your kids’ allowance and what are the expectations for them to earn it?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
René Silinis: I give my daughter (12) her age in allowance on the 1st day of each month. No strings attached. She gets it no matter what and she can do whatever she wants with it. If she wants more, she can earn it with extra chores, etc. So far, she is saving more than spending. — La Grange Patch Facebook
Patrick Valente: I believe in what my parents have done for 18 years with me; till I moved out. I lived under my parents roof...no allowance. They provided for me and have helped me out when needed. I think kids/young adults in my generation today are getting to much stuff handed to them. — La Grange Patch Facebook
Andrew Meyer: I would give my kids $100 a night to go to sleep when we ask. — Darien Patch Facebook
Karen Sherman Bushy: When my kids were that age they got no "allowance". To me that word indicates some kind of an entitlement to some amount of money. Didn't work that way in our house. They got paid for "pay jobs"....and if the job was not completed and on time, they didn't get paid. That only happened once or twice - they figured out real quick that there is no 'free ride' and that if you don't perform, you don't get paid.....otherwise how do you decide when in their young life do you start teaching them about personal responsibility and consequences? When does the 'allowance' stop, and what would be the reason for it? — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Nan Ziegler: I was born in the early 50's, and my allowance for a long time was a dime for every year I was old. — Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch Facebook