Guidelines for allowance: Friday's Focus on Fatherhood

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN)- When we were kids a lot of us got a weekly allowance from our parents.
Some parents choose to pay allowance, some don't.
But if it's something you choose to do, here's a look at some quick guidelines?

In this edition of Friday's Focus on Fatherhood, our guest panelist is John Gordon. He works with Dad's at Youth and Family Services, and he's also a dad himself.

"It depends on each family's financial situation, of course, but if you do have the means. I have always recommended to parents that, you know you're going to provide your children with the necessities, clothing, food, ya know the occasional entertainment thing," Gordon says.

"But if the kids is wanting something that they need to potentially earn, I recommend families pay their children to do my chores, or parental chores, not child chores. In other words, I would not want to pay my child an allowance for picking up the towel after the shower, or unloading the dishwasher, or taking out the garbage," Gordon explains.

"I would strongly encourage them to seek to mow my grass, shovel the snow, maybe help with some of those extras that parents have to do around the house. So again I'll pay you for some of my chores, because we all have to make those contributions," he says.

If you're a Dad with a question you'd like us to address sometime, please call or e-mail us to let us know.
And we'll have another tip for dad's next Friday night.