This Mom Charges Her 5-Year-Old 'Rent' & It's Damn Brilliant

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Whether or not to give kids allowance is a topic that -- like many in the world of parenting -- can be divisive. Moms and dads typically have a strong opinion for or against it, depending on if they see it as an important way to teach kids how to budget, or just a cop-out that pays kids for things they should already be expected to do. But one mom has taken this weekly money debate to the next level by smartly turning the tables on her kid and being the one to collect money from her each week -- in order to teach her an important lesson.

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"I MAKE MY 5 YEAR OLD PAY RENT," Essence Evans declared on Facebook. But before people get too riled up at the idea of charging a child rent, let her explain the clever process and reasoning behind it.

"Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves," Evans wrote. "So I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent, $1 for water, $1 for electricity, $1 for cable and $1 for food."

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The child gets to keep the remaining $2 in order to save or use how she wants. "Now, what she doesn't know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18," she wrote. "So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off."

Evans's post quickly went viral, and although many are sharing the idea with their friends, not everyone loves it. It ruffled the feathers of those who feel children shouldn't be made to feel like they have to pay rent for a home they never asked to be born into. Some critics also expressed concern that the girl is too young for this kind of lesson.

However, others are applauding Evans for this plan and many are inspired to give it a try.

Even though her child is still young, this creative mom realizes that it's never too early to start prepping your kids for life -- while also teaching them to be grateful for their parents. "This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world," she explained, "but when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount."

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