Picture this. Your kid gets a job, and she's bringing in good money. You need money. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe you have a Marc Jacobs habit. Maybe you are just clueless with cash.
So you tell your kid to give you their money.
What? It's not illegal. At least not according to a New Jersey court that determined the Division of Youth and Family Services had no cause to pull a teen from her father and stepmother's home -- even though the stepmother slapped the girl, and the parents expected her to give them her wages from her part-time job.
Which isn't the same thing as saying it's right. It's not illegal to feed your kids corn chips for dinner every night for a week either. I still wouldn't do it. And I'm still having a hard time coming up with a list of good reasons to take money from your kids. Here's what I have so far:
Yup, I'm pretty much done with the probable reasons (as in, I'm not discounting a catastrophe, but I think we've covered the LIKELY bases). Any other excuse, and I have to ask: is that your responsibility for your mortgage/car payment/electric bill/milk/eggs/Netflix/shoes? We give life to our kids to support them to adulthood, not the other way around.
This is why I tend to watch reality shows like Toddlers and Tiaras and Teen Mom 2 and wonder: is that kid getting everything her (or his) parents signed them up for? Because anyone under 18 can't sign a contract without parental consent, and yet, we know they're being paid something! And in the crazy families that we've seen -- especially on the MTV pregnancy series -- it's not far-fetched to imagine the funds are falling through a rabbit hole and mom's bank account.
Would you take money from your kids?
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