Kids and Allowances
1. An allowance is not a salary or an entitlement.
It is a tool for teaching children how to manage
2. There is no right amount. Rule of thumb is to
start small and increase the allowance as the
child's ability to manage responsibility
3. Manage your child's allowance in the context
of your goals. Are you trying to teach budgeting
skills? Are you hoping to encourage independence?
Decide what lessons you want to instill and then
build the allowance around those lessons.
4. Do not use the allowance for behavioral
control. Money anxieties are deeply embedded in our
psyches. Connecting an allowance to emotional or
behavioral control exacerbates this and doesn't do
much to help the child develop healthy financial
* RFFK Tips are excerpted from 'Raising
Financially Fit Kids' (2003) by Joline Godfrey.
Please visit www.raisingfinanciallyfitkids.com
for more information.
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