How much allowance is the right amount?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how much allowance is the right amount.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How much allowance is the right amount?

    Rene Hackney: Allowance is seen as been appropriate, $1 per year of life. So, a three year old might get three dollars per week. Now, I know that sounds like a lot of money to some folks because it builds up pretty quickly. When children are earning allowance, it's good for parents to help them start dividing that money. It's suggested that children learn about spending, saving and charity. So, a three year old who gets $3 might put a dollar fifty in saving, a dollar in spending and then fifty cents in charity.

    Now, as children are doing that the spending money, they just get to spend, they can spend it today on gum or they can collect it over a couple of weeks and spend it on something bigger. That saving money, when children are three, four, five years old, when they are young it really should be for something that they can actually purchase that it's something like maybe a tricycle, something big, but that they have to save for.

    It's suggested that as early as three to five years old, but they are not saving for something like a car or college because it's just seen as so far away. So, saving becomes just a black hole, they don't ever get to see it. The charity which seems like just a little fifty cents a week, it's not meant to save the world, that's just meant to teach the child about giving to charity. So, when they have a penny drive at preschool, they already have theirs, so when they go to give tiding at church they already have that fund.