Dr. Kevin Leman says..."In my view, an allowance is part of a family's recreational budget. It's one of the perks of being a member of the family." (p. 95)
"Having 'money of my own' gives a child some dominion over dollars and a growing understanding of how long it takes you to pile up the cash needed to buy certain things for your family." (p. 97)
"Children need to know that when the money is spent, it's spent. There's no free lunch in life. If a child wants to spend money on something above the cost of what he has in his allowance, do not pad his allowance money. Have the child wait to purchase that item until he has enough money to buy the item himself." (p. 97)
"Children need to know that upholding their end of the bargain as a family member is important. If they don't, there are consequences. If your child doesn't get around to a certain task, don't cajole her, remind her, or lecture her. Simple hire a sibling or a neighbor child to do it for them and take whatever you had to pay that person from the child's allowance. There are no threats, no warnings-only action." (p. 99)
I never had an allowance while growing up, but Richard did, so we are still debating what we will do with Samuel?