How should allowance be managed?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how allowance should be managed.

    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 should allowance be managed?

    Rene Hackney: With managing allowance, it's giving them places to put that money. There are piggy banks that divide into three categories now. In our house, it's just three bowls. We have a bowl for spending, a bowl for savings and a bowl for charity. But once that money is out there really is up to the child to go ahead and manage it to be sure that they are saving that amount of money or spending a certain amount of money.

    Now younger children of course need more guidance, and if you find your child as overspending, then it means talking to them about a budget and how to budget and why it's important. If you find that they are over saving, that they are hoarding all their money, but they are not enjoying any spending, any of that money, it's talking to them about loosening up a little bit and giving them things that they might to save for to spend down.