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Should children be given allowances?

Bible Answers to Your Questions.

By Janet Evert

Do you want your children to be well-adjusted, productive adults who manage money wisely and keep out of debt? Don’t give them an allowance!

Society is filled with adults who are content to stay on welfare or who feverishly spend to the limit of their credit. Why add to this problem by teaching children that they have a natural right to our money?

“But,” you might reason, “I don’t just give my children an allowance. They work for it.”

Wait a minute! Who pays you for doing the laundry, fixing meals, maintaining the family car, or making your bed? Parents don’t expect remuneration for doing these essential tasks. Why, then, should we pay our children to keep their rooms tidy or take out the garbage? Our children needs to understand that, as valuable members of the family unit, their help is needed and expected.

But don’t

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About the author

Janet Evert is the editor of Young Disciple magazine, a weekly magazine written to inspire children and teens to study and share God's Word.