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"I Raised A Spoiled Brat": Mom Cut Down Her Teen Daughter's Monthly Allowance From $5,000 To $1,000

Date August 17, 2019 01:59

Parenting can be incredibly difficult. As a caring parent, you should not only give your kid food and shelter, it is important to teach your child some valuable life lessons. Talking about money to your children may not be easy, but it’s a vital thing to do to prepare them for adult life. But how do you do that when your child is a 15-year-old spoiled brat?

Spoiled child

One Beverly Hills mom, whose teen daughter’s spending got totally out of control, was at her wit’s end and turned to Dr. Phil for help.

"I Raised A Spoiled Brat": Mom Cut Down Her Teen Daughter's Monthly Allowance From $5,000 To $1,000Dr. Phil / YouTube

Nina Gray is a single mother, so parenting is very hard for her. The woman has been working 6 days a week to give her little girl the best life she could have. Speaking on The Dr. Phil Show, Nina said her daughter, 15-year-old Nicolette, got used to a lavish lifestyle from a very young age. Since she was a child, Nicolette had her “own credit cards with absolutely no credit limit.”

Nicolette loves expensive designer clothes, accessories, bags and shoes. The teen doesn't want to change her lifestyle. She even admitted she’s a "spoiled brat:"

I know I’m a spoiled brat, but I enjoy the lifestyle!

"I Raised A Spoiled Brat": Mom Cut Down Her Teen Daughter's Monthly Allowance From $5,000 To $1,000Dr. Phil / YouTube

One moment Nina noticed her daughter’s spending was getting totally out of control. The mother decided to cut her allowance down from $5,000 to $1,000 a month. The girl didn't like this decision, she felt frustrated. She said:

I feel like a peasant.

She added:

When my mom refuses to give me money, I make her life a living hell.

How is that even possible? During her first appearance on Dr. Phil, Nina said she did everything possible for her daughter because she felt a quilt of “being a single mom, working 6 days a week, not being at home with her.”

"I Raised A Spoiled Brat": Mom Cut Down Her Teen Daughter's Monthly Allowance From $5,000 To $1,000Dr. Phil / YouTube

Dr. Phil explained what really happened in this story and how everything could be changed. He shared this nugget of wisdom:

Overindulgence is a form of child abuse.

Explaining to Nina that it was not too late to “re-parent” her daughter, Dr. Phil added:

Give her more love and less money.

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How to teach your kid about money

Teaching your children about money can be not easy, but it is possible. The earlier you start, the better results you get.

Here are a few simple but effective tips on how to do that:

  1. Your child should understand the difference between needs and wants. It is a neccessary skill! Always ask your kid if he really needs a new smartphone or he wants it because his friend has a new one.
  2. Teach your kid how to save up. You may start with a piggy bank. Your child will see how money growing, and your kid will know that he should save if he wants to buy something big.
  3. Teach your child how to prioritize. You just can't have everything. For younger kids that would be, say, choosing to buy one toy or the other but not both.
  4. If you have teenagers, ask them to get a part-time job or a summer job. This will help them learn to value their time and money.

"I Raised A Spoiled Brat": Mom Cut Down Her Teen Daughter's Monthly Allowance From $5,000 To $1,000Doucefleur / Shutterstock.com

If you want your children to know how to manage their money in the future, you should teach them about money. It isn't easy, but it is really worth your efforts.

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