A mother's post brought up a lot of questions on social media after the mom admitted she makes her 5-year-old daughter pay household bills. This post has gone viral and is stirring heated debates online.
After making a major parenting decision, which may or may not help her daughter in the long run, Essence Evans went on to explain her theory of charging her daughter for rent and utilities.
The resident of Atlanta, Georgia, wrote on Facebook: "I make my 5-year-old pay rent. Every week she gets $7 in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves."
There is no doubt a paycheck and allowance have a lot on common. The question that arises after reading this post is that whether it's necessary to put the idea of money management in the mind of a child, and if so, at what age that should start happening.
Clearly, Evans had it in her mind that even kids as young as kindergartners are old enough to understand the importance of how and where to spend their earnings correctly.
Evans continued: "So I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food. The other $2 she gets to save or do what she wants with."
In a later post, Evans revealed the money she collects from her daughter, in the form of rent and other bills, goes into a bank account that her daughter will be eligible to receive as a lump sum once she turns 18.
She further goes on to explain, "So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off."
Essence Evans, without a second thought, is clearly proud of her strategy to make her daughter realize the worth of every dollar she receives and spends. She is quite proud of her financial strategy and has found many other moms and dads who feel the same way.
One of the comments on Evans' post read, "What a good idea."
"I had to pay rent when I was 13. It did not hurt me. Great Lesson," added another.
The internet couldn't decide whether this was the right decision or not, and there were varied opinions on the life lesson Evans is trying to instill in her daughter. Some parents considered this lesson too harsh for a child that young.
One of the comments was, "It's a little tough."
"Kids don't need that kind of stress," remarked another.
But social media users are split: Some applaud her for preparing her child to encounter a variety of real-life situations in the future, while the others have not hesitated to criticize her, saying, "let kids be kids."
The post seems to have received a lot of criticism and has gotten more than 200,000 reactions. A lot of people, especially parents of young children, are raving about this parenting technique.