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Tommy: Should you give your kids an allowance?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
September 04, 2019 - 10:26 am

How do you divvy up chores when it comes to your kids?  Do you or should you tie it into an allowance?  How do you raise a kid (or kids) who are willing to do their fair share of the family work but still understand the value of labor without creating mercenary, money-grubbing, little monsters who are in it just for themselves?

We had an interesting conversation this morning with parenting expert Alyson Schafer.  She had some interesting suggestions as it relates to methods of allocating both allowances and chores.  Take a listen.

Many listeners had interesting opinions. Here are a few of them:

  • “I gave my kids what I had…OUTSIDE”
  • “I was determined to give my children a better childhood than I had”
  • “I have a forty two year old that is still on the payroll (I love that expression) and shows no interest in taking care of himself”
  • “Kids need to do their chores not for a reward but because their parents TOLD THEM TO”
  • And, of course, my personal favorite:
  • “I gave my kid an UNLIMITED budget, and they EXCEEDED it”

Okay, that last one was mine and I always tease my kid about it.  What about you? Do you still have grown kids “on the payroll?” 

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