Pocket Money for Children

pocket money

The topic of pocket money (an allowance) for children can be a highly emotive topic.  Even between parents there can be quite different views on this subject.

The starting point before you even think about talking to your children about pocket money is to make sure that as parents, you are on the same page.  This means you both have to agree on how it is going to work, then implement it. Continue reading

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Teens and Money – Part 2

teenagers and money

Teens and Money – a huge topic!  In Part 1 we covered Responsibility, Accountability and Consequences, this week we’re talking about helping your teen build a money plan – not a budget.

If your teenager hasn’t learnt the technique of managing their pocket money (allowance) using cash when they were younger, you will need to encourage them into this system. Continue reading

How Do You Talk to Your Children About Money?

kids and moneyIf you want to raise Financially Healthy Children, then you have to talk to them about money – warts and all.

OK, but why do we need to talk to our children about money?

There are lots of reasons but let’s look at a few.  Firstly, technology has meant that adults are more likely to be using money cards than cash and children (under 10 as a rule) do not understand the connection between the two.  Children don’t know that the cash Continue reading

Where are You on Kids and Pocket Money?

As I discovered when chatting to a group of parents about kids and  pocket money (allowance) the topic can get quite emotive! There are some quite disparate views about how much, when to start and whether or not it should be for doing family/household chores.

Everyone in the group gave their children pocket but the amount was the tricky part.  It seemed to be linked more to peer pressure about what other children were getting, rather than what the parents thought was appropriate.

This story from one Mum really highlighted the children’s understanding of the value of money.  “It was Christmas and each of the three kids got an envelope with $20 in it from their Aunt.  The 11 year old got mildly excited about $20.  The 7 year old thought it was a lot of money and the three year old wondered why his Aunt had given him a pretty picture…” Continue reading