Giving children pocket money is an important way to teach children about money and how to manage it. Furthermore, it helps children develop independence and attitudes towards both saving and spending money.
When to introduce pocket money and how much to give:
While there is no right or wrong time to start giving your child pocket money, most Australian children are usually given pocket money from the age of six.
Research has also determined that on average, children between six and ten receive an ‘income’ of $20-25 per month.
It is important for parents to consider an amount that they themselves are comfortable with. Factors to consider when choosing this amount should be based upon the family’s financial situation, and the child’s spending needs.
Important concepts for parents to teach children:
the value of money: the relative price of things
spending: accepting that money is gone once it’s spent
earning: understanding that earning money can be hard work, but usually that’s the only way to get it
saving: using short-term and long-term goals
borrowing: understanding the importance of repaying borrowed money.
Tips for Parents:
Let your children make mistakes when it comes to saving and spending their money.
You may want to restrict your child from spending their money inappropriately, for example, on excessive amounts of junk food, or on dangerous toys/items.
Children often mimic the spending and saving habits of their parents. Parents can teach their children such habits by modelling appropriate spending and saving techniques, and by discussing their methods with their child.
It is also recommended that parents pay their children on a set day in order to develop a routine. This means trying to avoid giving your child advanced payments or supplementing their usual budget with additional funds.
Some parents choose to link daily chores or additional chores with pocket money, while others view family contributions and pocket money as separate issues. There is no set rule when it comes to handling this, so each family must determine what is best for them.
*Information for this article was gathered from the Raising Children Network and Kids Money and Kimberley O’Brien.
Kimberley discussed how to teach your children basic money skills with the reporters from Good Health Magazine. You can find out more information about good money habits for children by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.
The issue surrounding parents, children, and the use of corporal punishment is one that is currently of extreme importance. Here, find the information on the consequences of smacking children, and positive alternative methods of discipline.
Is Smacking Children ever OK?
Smacking children is never ok for a number of reasons. Firstly, smacking children is a form of abuse that is punishable by law. Children have the right to feel safe and protected, and therefore should not be subjected to violent treatment. In addition, children tend to mimic the actions and behavior of adults. Children who are subjected to violence often lash out in violent ways themselves.
Consequences associated with smacking children:
can result in trauma and extensive harm to the child;
can lead to the destruction of trusted relationships;
Where parents can go to get help:
By seeking support and attempting to learn new methods to better discipline children, parents are taking a critically important step. They can seek various forms of support including:
practical and personal suppor, information based support
enroll in classes- i.e. anger management, parent training classes
Alternative methods of discipline:
Parents can discipline their children in a number of ways without ever resorting to hitting or smacking. When parents are upset they should:
take time to cool down before disciplining a child
explain the reasons behind their actions to the child
focus on encouraging verbal communication and interaction
explain how to prevent future occurrences to the child
be sure to remain both empathetic and patient when disciplining the child
The Quirky Kid clinic offers consultation, parenting training and our popular workshop, Raised on Praise.
Raising Children Network , and Kimberley O’Brien, Child Psychologist
Separation Anxiety in children is characterized by a extreme level of anxiety when the child is separated from their home, family members and parents. Children displaying signs of Separation Anxiety often become homesick, do not want to attend school, avoid visiting friends houses or may not be able to enter a room on their own. In addition, children can have difficult around bedtime and may insist that someone stay with them until they are asleep. Another characteristic is psychical pains like, stomach aches, nauseas and vomiting, especially when separation occurs. Below you can find more information on what to look for before asking for help.
What should I look for?
Does your child show excessive anxiety relating to their separation from home or people such as Mum or Dad? Is this level of anxiety unreasonable for a child of their age?
Is your child repeatedly distressed when they are separated, or think they are going to be separated, from home or from Mum or Dad or another significant person?
Is your child constantly worried about something happening to a family member, such as an accident or illness?
Does your child worry that something will happen that will separate him/her from the home or family?
Does your child refuse to go to school or participate in other activities away from the home or significant family members?
Is your child excessively scared of being left alone or being without significant family members in other settings?
Does your child refuse to go to sleep without being near a significant person, or does s/he refuse to sleep away from home?
Does your child have repeated nightmares about separation?
Does your child complain of physical symptoms when s/he thinks s/he is going to be separated from his/her home or significant family members?
The Quirky Kid Shoppe has select useful resources for parenting and children experiencing Separation Anxiety and others forms of Anxiety.
How can the Quirky Kid Clinic help your child?
The Quirky Kid Clinic is a unique place for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years. We work from the child’s perspective to help them find their own solutions. If you suspect your child may be experiencing symptoms of Separation Anxiety, you might consider one the following options:
Book an individual session with our experienced Child Psychologists
Register for the Why worry workshop and Sydney or register for Why Worry in Melbourne or
In today’s society children are becoming more connected to the media than ever before. With so many entertainment mediums available, children are continuously being bombarded with both advertisements and messages, some of which are positive, however many of which are negative. Many of these messages have led children to wrongly believe that being rich, famous and beautiful is most important. Find out more about how the media influences children below.
In order to help combat the negative effects of the media, parents can help their children in a number of ways:
Talk to your children about what they see on the computer or television. By encouraging them to think critically and be skeptical about what they see, they may become more inclined to think critically about other aspects of their lives in the future.
Resist putting a computer or television in your child’s bedroom. Instead, place such items in more public areas of your home. This way, your child will not watch indiscriminately, and you will know exactly what is being watched.
Ask your children to tell you what they like best about the people in their lives. By having your children make a list of these qualities, you can compare them to the most commonly liked qualities of celebrities (e.g. rich, famous), and demonstrate that most people are not liked purely for superficial reasons.
Make sure you remain informed about the types of media that your children are viewing. By staying current, you will be able to have intelligent conversations with your children about the messages and content that they are being exposed to.