Mother explains why she charges her 5-year-old rent

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Essence Evans says she charges her daughter rent to teach her the value of money. (Facebook)
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This is Essence Evans’ daughter, who at five-years-old pays $5 a week rent. What she doesn’t know is that Essence is saving the money in a fund for her daughter to use later in life. (Facebook)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Mother explains why she charges her 5-year-old rent

A US-based mom has hit the headlines after she revealed she was charging her five-year-old daughter rent.
Essence Evans explained on Facebook she gave her daughter $7 every week, but charged her $5 rent, utilities and food. That leaves her daughter $2 spending money.
Essence said she was saving the $5 which she will give back once her daughter decides to leave home – to use as rent.
She explained on: “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.”
Since her initial posting she has attracted widespread media attention and a lot of support for her parenting methods.
Cee St Vic wrote on Facebook: “You are an awesome young lady!!”
And Johuna Esper added: “To teach a child independence and the value of money and hardwork is the best gift a parent can give to their child.”
But not everyone agrees. Tia Kaulana wrote: “…Let your kid be a kid and enjoy their youth before they have to spend the rest of their life worry about bills.”


Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

Indian residents look at houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

  • Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season
  • More than a million foreign tourists visited Kerala last year

NEW DELHI: A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday.
Mohanan P. and his family were sleeping at home in the mountainous Idukki district when their pet dog started barking raucously at around 3:00 am, waking the household.
“That’s when we realized something was wrong. I went out to see and we had to just rush out of the house,” Mohanan told Indian news network NDTV.
No sooner had the family rushed out when the landslide plowed down a nearby hill and demolished their home.
The family, dog in tow, have since moved to a government-run relief camp nearby.
Flash floods triggered by the annual monsoon rains have pounded the southern tourist hotspot in the past few days, killing 39 people and leaving 100,000 more homeless so far.