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By George Mannes and Turner Cowles
August 31, 2015

Do you give your kids an allowance? And if you do, how big is it? That’s the question we asked people in Times Square. Some parents do give their kids an allowance, but some don’t. The boiled-down version we got from those who do was that different ages get different amounts. One mom told us she’s teaching her kids the value of being a self-starter. “They have a chore list,” she said, “and if they go above and beyond and do those chores – without even being asked – we give them a little bit more.”

Some parents we talked to decided an allowance wasn’t the route they wanted to take with their kids.

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