A Florida mum has gone viral after telling her followers she charges her seven-year-old son rent which includes electricity and wifi to use his iPad.
The woman posted the video to TikTok, under the username @craftedandcosy, and said it’s a ‘parenting hack’ that has been ‘extremely successful’ over the past couple of months in her house.
She explained: “He has a daily task list that he must complete on a daily basis. Should he complete everything on the task list, he gets a dollar per day.
The TikToker explained that the child has ‘bills to pay’ each month.
“He has his rent, he has electricity for his room, and he also has his internet for his iPad,” she said.
She claims this means her son understands that throughout the month he has two buckets – his ‘fun money’ and his ‘bill money’.
In a follow-up video, the woman confirmed the child is ‘paying himself’ as she doesn’t do anything with the money and her son will get it back.
The mum also detailed what was on the task list, including ‘brushing his teeth, making his bed and cleaning his room’.
She continued: “Rent is $5, wifi is $2 and electricity is $2,” meaning his bills total $9 out of the $30 he receives every month.
@craftedandcozyThis has worked wonders in my household….hope it works for you! 💓 ##parentsoftiktok ##parentinghack ##mamatiktok ##fyp ##mamatiktok ##tiktokmom♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei
Viewers of the clip were divided over her parenting style. Some thought it was a good idea, while others reckoned her child was too young for such ‘responsibility’.
One follower commented: “I love this. He’s still making $21 a month for allowance (and learning the value of money/responsibility). That’s pretty good for seven years old!”
However, another said: “Okay but he’s seven. Why not just let him be a kid and then do this when he’s a teenager or something?”
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