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Some families choose to give an allowance with no strings attached. The child receives a set amount at set intervals, to spend as she sees fit. The benefit to this approach is that the child has more responsibility for making choices. The money is simply a learning tool.
Other families tie an allowance to chores, although that's controversial among experts, some of whom believe chores should be done uncompensated as an expected contribution to the family. Some tie an allowance to attitude and behavior, nicking dollars as punishment. Other families give no allowance at all, preferring to meet their child's expenses on a case-by-case basis.
Parents sometimes dictate how allowance money is spent. For example, some households insist that kids automatically save a certain portion and give another portion to charity, thus helping the child learn two good lessons about the value of money.
There's no right or wrong way to give an allowance. Your values and how you choose to teach your child about money should shape how it's handled.
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A bike helmet is no good if it doesn't fit properly. Make sure your child's helmet is snug with no slippage. There should be plenty of foam padding on the inside and a strong chin strap.
Both football-player style helmets (the bigger kind) and classic bike helmets (which cover only the top of the head) are safe. Just check periodically to make sure that your child hasn't outgrown her trusty old helmet.
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