At what age do you think children should start getting an allowance?

United States
October 23, 2006 12:30am CST
I was just thinking about this for when my daughter gets older. How much do you think the allowance amount should start out at?
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@Kelian (768)
• Trinidad And Tobago
10 Nov 06
About age 8 I'd think, for a small allowance.
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• United States
10 Nov 06
What is it about the age of 8 that you think they should start getting an allowance?
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• United States
10 Nov 06
i don't have any kids of my own, but if i did i would start at 7
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• United States
10 Nov 06
What is it about the age of 7 that you think they should start getting an allowance?
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• United States
7 Nov 06
When they are old enough to have a responsablity and stick to it.
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• United States
23 Oct 06
DEPENDIN ON THE JOB SHE DOES I STARTED MINE A THE AGE 5 AND IT WAS 5.00 A WEEK FOR CLEANIN ROOM AND FEEDING HER ANIMALS
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• United States
23 Oct 06
That sounds reasonable. At 5 didn't you have to supervise the jobs she was doing?
• United States
23 Oct 06
SHE KNEW IF THEY WASNT DONE RIGHT THEN IT WAS A DOLLAR TOOKEN AWAY
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• United States
23 Oct 06
So how often during the week was she supposed to clean her room? Every day or once a week?
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
23 Oct 06
I think this depend on countries. In mine, we never give allowance to school children. But I have heard in western countries they give money on weekly or monthly basis. I personally feel that children should be given money as and when needed and not as a practice. Also, parents should be fully aware on what their children spending their money, given the problems of this day and age.
• United States
23 Oct 06
Thank you for your response. What country is it that you live in?
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
23 Oct 06
Sri Lanka. Have you heard of it. Its a small island very close to India.
• United States
23 Oct 06
No I have never heard of it. An island huh? Must be nice. I live in the United States.
@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I'm going to say about 10, when you start introducing chores, and duties of responsibility and then decide a reasonable weekly amount to encourage and motivate them to "work for their allowance." This is what I do with my kids.......
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• United States
20 Nov 06
Thank you for your response.
• United States
20 Nov 06
Thank you for your response.
20 Nov 06
excellent discussion point well done! I have a 7 year old and he does get some pocket money for doing some jobs, like keeping his room tiby, if he doesn't do it no money. seems to work for me
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• United States
24 Nov 06
Thank you! And thank you for your response. :)
• United States
10 Nov 06
I think 5 is a good age for them to get allowance or money compensation for the chores they do. I beleive its a good age because thats also the age they start school.
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• United States
20 Nov 06
Thank you for your response.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
10 Nov 06
As far as age, that's a tough one IMO. You could start at about 4 or 5, give them a buck a week or so, they don't have a real concept of money that young. A dollar makes them happy lol. And start with minor chores, like getting the trash from all the rooms. I haven't given my kids allowances unless they do something pretty heavy duty lol. I've offered weekly allowances, 5.00 a week if they do their chores without being asked. Kept having to ask, so they never got an allowance.
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• United States
20 Nov 06
That's a good idea. Thank you for your response.
• United States
28 Oct 06
Well my daughter is only One. But I am hoping by the time she is 5 I can have her help do small things around the house. Like taking the dog outside and picking up her toys and for just plain old good behavior. And if she does all this I think I will start with $2 a week.
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• United States
7 Nov 06
That sounds like a fair amount for a 5 year old. Thank you for your response.
@tsmeesa98 (576)
• United States
27 Oct 06
2 of my kids get an allowance (the 4 yo and 5 yo) but they have to do chores to get them and it's only $2.50 a week. Their chores are to feed and water the family dogs, take their dirty laundry out of the bathroom, and pick up their stuff out of the living room.
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• United States
27 Oct 06
$2.50 a week is pretty reasonable for children that age I think. Those sound like reasonable chores as well plus they will need to learn how to feed and water the pets eventually anyway. :) Thank you for your response.
@Cortney (3986)
• United States
23 Oct 06
i wonder the same thing. mine is 7 and i have a easy chart for things she can do, if she does them all month, I let her pick something special with a $20 limit
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• United States
27 Oct 06
That would be fun for her. What kinds of chores do you give her?
@shadowauror (1517)
• India
23 Oct 06
Country dependent ?? Hmm i live in india.. Here we call it pocket money , MOstly ive seen it given on a weekly basis , the basic ideology behind giving pocket money is not to let the child simply buy toffees with it .. It teaches the kid money-management skills which is an extremely important factor. A person who was careful about his money from when he was a kid WOuld be careful even when hes an Adult!!! I guess starting out from a very low amount would be good.
• United States
23 Oct 06
Thank you for your response. I would try to teach her not to just waste it on little worthless things but to maybe spend a little and save a little.
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 06
I think depend on when and how much they need in reallity.
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• India
25 Nov 06
I think that to give children pocketmoney at the age 15 years
• United States
4 Dec 06
15? That seems kind of late to me. Thank you for your response.
@luskas (3430)
• Portugal
20 Nov 06
I think you should make her allowance in the bank until she has enough age to understand that money is hard to get... When children ignore that they can turn out to be very 'expensive'. The amount i think you should decide
• United States
24 Nov 06
Thank you for your response.
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• Australia
23 Oct 06
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• United States
23 Oct 06
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