Parents’ “hygiene budget” for their children sparks controversy on TikTok
TikTokers Jess and Dub (@family.of.nomads) are parents and digital content creators who document their journey by living and traveling across the country with their three children in their VR. Recently, the couple shared a video where Jess breaks down the hygiene budget system for each of their children, and viewers were divided on the approach.
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“We give our children a hygiene budget to spend on all the personal care products they might want or need during this time,” Jess says over footage of one of her children browsing the aisles of a Target.
For example, the couple’s 9-year-old son receives $100 every 3 months and is responsible for inventory and item budgeting, as shown in the next few shots of him crunching numbers on a calculator.
As a caveat, Jess says that if their children buy less hygiene products to pocket more of the remaining money, their budget will decrease. “That doesn’t mean they won’t have access to hygiene products,” says Jess. “It just means they won’t have the money left over at the end, and I’ll choose the hygiene products for them.”
So far this hasn’t been a problem for the kids, which Jess says is because their budgets far exceed the number of items they need. At the end of the video, Jess concludes that the hygiene budget system helps children understand how to save and budget their money.
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While many viewers praised the practice budgeting lesson, others had their reservations.
“That’s a brilliant idea! It teaches [kids] to buy needed products and not always ‘wants’ first,” one user praised.
“You see budgetingI see a future for kids ending up on ‘Extreme Cheapskates’,” one TikToker remarked.
“You are teaching your kids REAL life skills. How can people not see that? Great job, Mom,” one viewer complimented.
While the family hygiene budget system isn’t for everyone, there are plenty of fun and adventurous ways to introduce kids to basic life skills.
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