should I give my five year old an allowance?

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




I want my 5 year old child to learn to work for her money. Do you think its too early?


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Lisa - posted on 07/20/2012




What we do(hubby and me) is have a list of chores written down on the refrigerator door with various amount of money assigned to the task (like dishes, helping fold laundry , helping mommy cook ect ect) and for each one they complete they get that amount of money every Friday. except this week(cold) she has been a real work horse this summer. gonna send pa and me to the poor house. lol ;)

this is a fair and closest to how the world really works.

Leah - posted on 07/17/2012




I have 4 children and we don't give allowance. Work around the house is expected, we are all very hard workers and when they need money we give it to them. I couldn't imagine my children not doing something if they don't get paid.

Ashley - posted on 07/17/2012




well i dont have kids yet (38 weeks and 2 days prego) but i have watched my mom give my brothers kids allowances and they are age 8, 6 ,4 and 2. yes every one of them is 2 yrs apart! she gives them lil chores to do everyday, and as long as they do them she gives them money at the end of the week, not much only like 3 to 5 dollars.

if they do not do what they are told she refuses to give them money, their not hard chores just lil things like, for the 2 yr old she hands her trash and asks for her to threw it away. the 4 yr old picks up the floor, the 6 yr old crushes cans, and the 8 yr old takes the trash to the trash can outside.

she makes them put it up in a piggy bank until the end of the month (making them save up) this helps the child to get over the wanting to spend it right away. then at the end of the month she takes them to a small store and lets them spend what they want.

they will ask if they can get this and if they have enough for it, usually they still end up leaving with a few dollars to spare which is really good for kids!

Sam - posted on 07/16/2012




I toyed with the idea of giving my son an allowance, but it works better in my family for privileges to be earned. Every time my son gets his hands on some money, he gets too obsessed with wanting to spend it. I don't like that, so I don't give him any. :)

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