This is not a subject about church, or the church system that causes my eyes to water. There will be more of that when I get the sniffles.
However, this is a subject I have not given much thought, but I was asked this question today, and it made me think.
Should you charge your (adult) kids rent? (The definition would be a kid working a full time job, not going to school, and lives at home.)
After I pondered this subject for about 30 seconds, I said heck yes you should!
Ok, I know it sounds heartless, but hear me out. First, it is not a right or wrong if you should or shouldn’t charge rent, there could be many factors involved, and it is your call as a parent. However, I think it could be a great learning tool to charge some sort of rent.
When your children (adult age) live at home, work, and pay no rent, they are learning to live on a disposable income they will likely never again have their entire lives. They are learning that they can spend every cent they make on their personal indulgences. That to me is a bunch of BS, and is not reality.
I think if you are a parent that does not take rent from your child, you are abdicating your responsibility to teach your kids (oh I mean your adult kids) about what life is really like outside the walls. All it does is let them get used to indulging themselves way more than they should.
I never really thought about this subject before because my kids are 11 and 8, but thought I would write about it since I was confronted with the question.
I need some comments. The person that asked me might not like my answer 🙂
What have you done, have you charged rent?