As an adult, you are exposed to the ‘real world’ AKA bills. Can you remember back to when you were a child and the only thing you had to worry about was getting good grades and if that boy in history class liked you? Oh those were the days…Well a mother is charging her 5-year-old daughter rent to prepare her for the real world. Some agree and others think she is crazy.
The Georgia-based mom recently posted on Facebook that she makes her adorable 5-year-old daughter pay $5 a week in rent:
“This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world, but when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you.”
“Every week she gets $7 in allowance,” Essence, a yoga instructor typed, before going on to say: “I make her give me $5 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 whatever she wants with.”
“I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves,” the mom continued.
Some people were quick to make comments like:
“Wow, what a moron. Let your kid be a kid and enjoy their youth before they have to spend the rest of their life worry about bills.”
“I wouldn’t share this story with anybody because you’re a horrible parent”
“Its YOUR job to raise your child,” one user furiously typed, before going on to say: “Put the money in a savings account if you want, but no child should be made to feel that they should pay for what a parent should provide.”
While others said:
“You are brilliant for teaching this to your child in this way!” wrote one fellow mom, before adding: “I have done similar with my kids, and I am now the proud parent of two young ladies who know and respect what they can earn more than something given to them.”
She then went on to explain that the $5 rent isn’t as it seems: “Now, what she doesn’t know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18. So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off.”
Essence has now removed the post, which had been shared more than 313,000 in a few days.