When should I start giving my kids an allowance? And how much? (AUDIO.)

How Much Should I Give My Kids for Allowance? And Should I Make Them Work for It?

How Much Should I Give My Kids for Allowance? And Should I Make Them Work for It?

Slate's parenting podcast.
Oct. 23 2014 4:51 PM

Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Your Own Personal Fantasyland Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast on Disney World, allowances for kids, and hot topics from the Mommy Wars.

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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editors Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois talk to New York Times personal finance columnist Ron Lieber about kids’ allowances: when to start, how much to give, and whether to make those ungrateful monsters work for it. Then Dan and Allison discuss the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World and the way it signals a transformation of the theme park experience for kids and parents. Plus: a Mommy Wars lightning round, recommendations, and a particularly terrible fail from Dan.


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Mom and Dad recommend:

Allison recommends “The Sad Parents of Gamergate” on the Awl and, generally, parents talking to teenage gamers about Gamergate.

Dan recommends watching seasons 2 through 9 of The Simpsons with your kids.

Email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should cover in the next edition. Got questions that you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833.

Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.