Should children get allowance?
Children should not receive allowance because they get enough from their parents with shelter food and toys they don't need more money to spend on candy.
- Con has the burden to prove that children shouldn't receive an allowance, even if the children provide aid with household chores or any other kind of aid to the parents.
- Pro has the burden to prove that children should receive an allowance for their aid with household chores or any other kind of aid to the parents.
As pro, I will demonstrate before the end of the debate that giving an allowance to your children in exchange for their aid is beneficial.
Con's first argument is that children are already provided for with everything they need. This is generally true with families that have the financial ease to give an allowance anyway. Nonetheless, Con's argument also mentions that the allowance would be spent on candy, which is not necessarily true. Parents can give an allowance to their children and still have a certain control on how, what, when and where they spend it.
From this, we can agree that parents can have control on their children's budget in several manners:
- Amount of the allowance
- Periodicity of the allowance
- The how, what, when and where the allowances can be spent
Up to this point, no harm done with a child receiving an allowance.
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To continue this debate, yet without any refutation, I will talk about education. The educational system model presented thereafter refers to elementary and high school only seeing as these include students around the ages to receive an allowance from their parents. Also, the family model thereafter depicts families that has the financial ease to provide an allowance to their child(ren) in the first place.
The current educational system doesn't teach everything there is to know about life. In elementary school, we learn mostly about reading, writing and arithmetic. In high school, subjects such as science, biology, chemistry, complex math, law, history, geography, economics, and more, are taught. Now depending on where you live around the World, this might differ, but as a general rule, school teaches subjects. We are then tested on paper followed by grading. Practical real life experience isn't acquired.
What is important to note is that education isn't just a school thing. As a parent, you mustn't rely solely on school to teach your children everything; you should teach your children at home things that aren't generally taught in school - through experience. You have to teach your children about what it will be like to be a grown-up in the future and what to expect once they are. One such thing is the value of money. And by value, I'm not talking about numeric value: I'm talking about experience value. One of the best ways to learn about the value of money is to experience earning it, saving it and then spending it. This teaching goes far beyond the 2nd grade textbook math problem: "If John has $10 and buys a book costing $3, how much money does he have left?".
Giving the chance for a child to earn money and save it to spend it later gives the child a fundamental understanding of labor for gain.
Through a child's understanding of the value of money comes awareness. A child will become more aware of the work the parents have to do in order to have money for the family.
Prior to this experience, children tend to think their parents have enough money to buy them the toys they want. They might know their parents aren't rich, but they know they are richer than them. Without an understanding of the value of money through experience, children don't comprehend the entire scheme. And they probably won't until they are old enough to have a job of their own and pay their own bills. But at least, if they comprehend a big part of the scheme through allowance, the transition from child to adult will be less abrupt. It’s part of growing up to learn how to become an adult, and the value of money is just one of the life values that is beneficial to learn while growing up.