A mom in the States has hit the headlines after revealing online that she charges her five-year-old daughter rent.
Essence Evans explained on Facebook she gave her daughter $7 every week allowance, but charged her $5 rent, utilities and food. That leaves her daughter $2 spending money. Essence said she was saving the $5 which she will give back once her daughter decides to leave home – to use as rent in her own apartment.
She explained on: “This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world, but when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount.”
Since her initial posting she has attracted widespread media attention and a lot of support for her parenting methods. Cee St Vic wrote on Facebook: “You are an awesome young lady!!” And Johuna Esper added: “To teach a child independence and the value of money and hard-work is the best gift a parent can give to their child.”
But not everyone agrees. Tia Kaulana wrote: “…Let your kid be a kid and enjoy their youth before they have to spend the rest of their life worry about bills.”
What do you think?