Georgia mom praised for having 5-year-old daughter 'pay rent'

Elias Hubbard
January 19, 2018

Essence Evans, an Atlanta mom, sparking conversation across the country after she posted a story on Facebook about why she makes her 5-year-old daughter pay "rent".

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. "Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance", she wrote.

"I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves", Evans wrote.

After paying $1 each for rent, water, electricity, cable, and food, her daughter is left with $2 to spend on whatever she wants.

Others, however, thought that at 5, her daughter was too young to be learning such lessons.

"Now, what she doesn't know is the $5 [£3.60] is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18", she explains. "That's just wrong in my opinion but once he turns 16 I will make him get a job to pay for his own gas and insurance for his auto".

'She needs to pay herself first (saving) which teaches her to save her money in the future, give to those who have less (donating) which teaches her empathy for others and enjoy the fruits of her labor hence spending the last.

But Evans said she has a secret.

And while many appreciated Essence's strategy, some others anxious it was putting unnecessary stress on her daughter.

She said her method is to help prepare her 5-year-old daughter on how the real world works. 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. 'I did a similar version of this when my boys were little, they have turned out to be awesome men and fathers, great with money, taking care of their children, owning their home, paying mortgages down, staying out of debt'.

How does it sound when you hear that a five-year-old baby who should, ordinarily, spend her allowances on ice cream, candies, etc., is made to use her money to rather pay rent?

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