Mother charges 5 year-old daughter rent ‘to teach her about the real world’

She has been accused of being a horrible parent by a section of readers.

Essence Evans wrote on Facebook that she gives her $7 every week as part of an allowance.

She then breaks down what she owes her for rent, water, electricity, TV and food meaning she has to give $5 back to her, leaving her with $2 to spend as she pleases.

This may sound a little bit harsh, but Essence says there is method to her madness. She is actually saving the $5 rent so that when she’s older and decides to move out she will have a handy sum of cash to pay her deposit.

Essence wrote on Facebook: ‘This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world, but when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount’

Her way of teaching her daughter about the value of money has divided opinion with some saying it is a great idea while others have said her daughter’s too young.

Jeremy Truax said: ‘Or you could invest in a mural fund which has been getting an average of 12% and by the time she’s 18 compound interest would have taken over and tripled that.’

But Tia Kaulana said: ‘Wow, what a moron. Let your kid be a kid and enjoy their youth before they have to spend the rest of their life worry about bills. I wouldn’t share this story with anybody because you’re a horrible parent.’

Chelsea Jamison said: ‘I get this I really do but I will not make my son pay to live where he belongs to be. That’s just wrong in my opinion but once he turns 16 I will make him get a job to pay for his own gas and insurance for his car.’

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