Should children be able to get an allowance?

United States
June 12, 2011 2:57pm CST
Should children be entitled to receive an allowance of some type? If so, should they have to do chores in order to get this allowance, or should they just receive it for no particular reason. What other restrictions might you include on their allowance?
5 responses
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
My daughter is in first year high school and since then, I give her money just for the day but sometimes I give her money enough for her weekly allowance. I want her to be responsible enough how to handle her money properly. Sometimes, if she wants something, I ask her to do some chores and pay her sort of her working hard just to get what she wants.
• United States
14 Jun 11
If you don't mind sharing, it would be nice to know how much you give to your daughter. I think that this is something that could be a big factor as to if I would agree with this or not. Obviously, this is something that is rather unimportant. After all, you are going to make the decisions about how much money you are going to give to your daughter or not. I do like what I hear about wanting to teach her to be responsible with her money. There are not enough people my age who really know how to handle their money.
• Philippines
14 Jun 11
Actually, I give her P50 a day for her allowance. If I'll be giving her the weekly allowance, it would be P250. If she asks for more, then she has to do something for me in exchange of added allowance. Maybe, she can clean her room, study her lesson or simply help me with some of the household chores.
• United States
14 Jun 11
Thanks for sharing the amount that you give. I really appreciate that. I think that you might been doing the right thing then. It doesn't sound like too much money, but it is still enough to give your child the chance to learn about responsibility with money. Very good work.
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
13 Jun 11
I believe that receiving allowance teaches a child about financial responsibility. If children are just handed money they do not appreciate the things that they have as much as if they earned the money to buy it themselves. This is why I believe that allowance should only be given after hard work is done by the child. They should have a list of responsibilities that they must fulfill each week in order to get paid by their parents.
• United States
13 Jun 11
This is a valid argument. Perhaps a child should receive some money for putting in hard work around the home. I would personally recommend that the amount that they receive should be rather low. You want to make it clear that chores are just part of living in the home as well. You are not going to pay them some fair wage to do what they should be doing anyway. After all, they are not a maid in the house, they live their too.
@yallit (3678)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Here in the Philippines, children receives allowances during school days. Although there are some families who still prepare foods for their kids to eat at school, others instead give money and let the kids buy what they wanted. There are 2 sides of the coin. Sometimes, children who were given allowances learn how to budget money at an earlier age compared to those who don't get allowances but like what was mentioned by the others, children who were given money (more than what they should be getting) feel like they can buy anything they want without thinking of the consequences.
• United States
12 Jun 11
I think that it is very interesting to hear about how things like this work in other countries. I can certainly see where you are coming from on this one. In this particularly situation, it appears that it is a matter of how the particular children treat the money that they are receiving. Hopefully, more children will treat the money that they get from their parents well. We can always keep our fingers crossed at least.
@mindym (979)
• United States
12 Jun 11
I think that children should earn an allowance if their parents decide they want to give them an allowance. Money should be earned, not just given. Children should do chores to help around the house. Doing chores and earning money teaches children responsibility and that they can't just get money for no particular reason.
• United States
12 Jun 11
I think that I could agree with this concept. After all, I believe that it is important that children learn the skills that they need for the real world. In other words, I think that it is important that children learn the skills that it will take them to survive in the real world. One of those skills is learning how to earn money.
• Canada
12 Jun 11
I don't believe in giving children allowance. Giving them money is one of the first steps of giving them a sense of freedom. By freedom I mean the feeling of they think they can do whatever they want. For example, study a kid with a cell phone, and then study a kid who doesn't have a cell phone. Who is more behaved? Having money always gives the sense of freedom, with freedom comes rebellion, as now they can purchase the things they want, instead of "if you behave, ill buy it for you". You can argue that you can give the statement of "behave and you will receive you allowance", but, what if they behaved 99% of the time where you provided them with 99% of the money they require do to the allowance. And with that 1% remaining, they become all rebellious. You can't do much about that 99% of the funding they already received can you? I know people will say, "well giving them money, will give them a sense of responsibility and teach them management." If your child will be similar to most of the children today, they'll want more and with it they have power. I would personally ask them, what would you need money for. If they have a reason, offer them a doable chore for their age like dish washing or taking out the garbage. But overall, i think children will be fine if they do not have money. University and so on, they'll require money by which allowance may help, but a job would help them more. (part time of course).
• United States
14 Jun 11
Not giving children money is just as valid as giving them money for chores in my opinion. You have to figure out which route you are going to take on this one, and it sounds like you have made the decision for yourself personally. I think that it is fair to not give children money if that is the decision that you want to make. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint.