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.”


Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

Updated 38 min 10 sec ago
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Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

  • Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests
  • Assange has been living at the embassy since 2012, when the Australian ex-hacker applied for asylum

LONDON: A media report says that Ecuador has formally ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests.
The nine-page memo published Monday by the Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio says Assange is prohibited from “interfering in the internal affairs of other states.”
The document also orders Assange to keep the embassy clean, threatening to confiscate Assange’s pet cat if he does not look after it.
The Associated Press could not immediately authenticate the document, but Codigo Vidrio has a track record of publishing inside material from within the London embassy. Messages left with Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry and WikiLeaks representatives were not immediately returned.
Assange has been living at the embassy since 2012, when the Australian ex-hacker applied for asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden.