A mother’s post admitting she makes her five-year-old pay household bills has gone viral, stirring heated debates online.
Essence Evans, from Atlanta, Ga., took to Facebook to explain her parenting decision.
“I MAKE MY 5-YEAR-OLD PAY RENT. Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance,” she starts. “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.”
“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.”
Evans later reveals that the money she withholds from her daughter goes into a bank account that will be receive as a lump sum once she turns 18.
“So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off,” she explained.
Evans was clearly proud of her financial strategy and found plenty of moms and dads who felt the same.
“What a good idea,” one commenter wrote.
Another added, “I had to pay rent when I was 13. It did not hurt me. Great lesson.”
It wasn’t all praise though, some parents considered the lesson rather harsh.
“It’s a little tough,” one wrote.
“Kids don’t need that kind of stress,” another remarked.
The post has been liked more than 200,000 times, and has a lot of people talking about the parenting technique.