I just heard on the news that 34% of 18 to 24 year olds are still getting an allowance from their parents.
I am not going to use this post to condemn those that are doing this, I am just going to share my feelings about allowances in general.
I remember when my husband talked many years ago about this subject. It was the first parenting opinion that we did not see eye to eye on…at least at first.
He just assumed we would do it and I just assumed we wouldn’t….both of these assemptions were based on how we were raised…I would like to add that even though my husband got an allowance as a small child he had a “job” outside the house by the time he was eight so it was a short lived thing.
We decided that we wanted our children to do things around the house because it is the right thing to do…not because they were going to get paid for it. This is what family is to me….I took care of my parents not because I got paid…it needed to be done…I babysit my grandson..not because I’m getting paid…I want to help. These are how I want my children to view the world…how can I help.
Now I realize that there are special things that kids want and I always tried to have jobs on hand that I was will to pay if they wanted to do them for me…such as wash my car or lay mulch.
I am not saying that my idea is the best…in fact I will be the first to admit that I probably spoiled my children and gave them way too much without them having to work and save for it. I am just warning you young moms…the time that you will have to think about this will come sooner than you think so you might want to start thinking about it. And while you are at it you might want to decide when the allowance will end…personally I think 24 is way too old.
Do your kids get an allowance?