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Making your children earn their pocket money – yes or no?
When we’re out shopping, we’re hearing fewer children asking their mums to buy them treats and seeing more kids paying for treats themselves. But we wonder - do other mums make their children earn their pocket money or is it freely given?
Long gone are the days of children doing chores just to help their parents, nowadays it seems kids aren’t expected to work, but get rewarded with some extra sweet money if they so much as lift a finger.
So should even the simplest of tasks like tidying their room be expected or rewarded? And can letting kids earn their money help teach them the value of hard work?
The answer differs from family to family, but since so many of us are cash-strapped at the moment; we’re trying to encourage our kids to pull their weight and then to only receive pocket money for extra jobs like washing the car or cleaning.
Whilst many of us earned pocket money from weekend jobs, today’s youngsters find it harder to get work and some will be relying on their parents’ pockets even more. Although we think it’s important to let kids manage money from a young age and to save for things they want themselves, I sometimes worry that us mums are being treated like an ATM by giving seven-year-olds so much extra cash.
If we give our kids pocket money for doing chores that help the family it should teach them that hard work pays (no pun intended)! And by instilling these values in children we think their work ethic will improve and help them in later life – we hope!
Do you give your children pocket money for ‘free’? Or do they have to earn it? Let us know what happens in your house!