Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Allowances: conditional or unconditional?

Thanks for all the responses on my post about pocket money! (And if you would still like to respond, by all means do.)

Several of you mentioned that you had to work for your allowances, i.e. whether or not you got any, or the amount of it, depended on chores you did or similar things.

How did that work out for you? How would you do it with your children, or how would you have wished things had been when you were a child?

I can see both sides: I've heard that allowances should be a fixed thing that children can rely on and budget with, and not dependent on good behaviour or chores; on the other hand, working for money also has its rewards, as does being able to supplement a base value with additional money from chores.

As for us, our pocket money was unconditional, as best I recall. We were expected to do chores, of course, but our pocket money wasn't tied to them.

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