“God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?”
- William A. Ward
Do you get an allowance from your parents? If so, what’s your attitude toward your allowance? Do you expect it? Do you appreciate it? An allowance is not something that is yours by some birthright. It is given to you voluntarily. There may be some strings attached, but generally it comes from the kindness and concern of your parents.
An allowance is their way of teaching you responsibility. That’s something you’ll need plenty of when you enter the workforce. “A day’s pay for a day’s work” will be your employer’s philosophy. It’s great to learn about that now rather than later.
An allowance is also your parents’ way of teaching you about money management. Your habits of spending or saving your allowance money will help you manage your money throughout your life, if you develop wise habits.
It also is their way of saying they trust you. It affirms their respect for your use of the money, and it shows their confidence in you.
Maybe it’s a good time to acknowledge their generosity—to say “thank you.” They don’t have to give you an allowance. Be thankful that they want to.