Pocket Money for Children

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 15, 2019 and last updated on August 7, 2023

The topic of giving pocket money to children serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners as it provides a practical and relatable context for language practice. Discussing the pros and cons of giving pocket money allows learners to expand their vocabulary, develop fluency and express their opinions on parenting and financial matters.

Moreover, exploring different cultural perspectives and approaches to pocket money encourages cross-cultural understanding. Engaging in conversations about this topic enables learners to enhance their communication skills, critical thinking abilities and overall language proficiency.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Pocket Money For Children Review

Pocket money is money given to children for them to save and spend on what they want. It is quite common for most children to start receiving pocket money when they reach a certain age.

A dilemma for many parents who decide to give their children pocket money is deciding the amount to give, as giving too little or too much can actually make a well-intended gesture negative. Which leaves us with the question, how much pocket money should children be given?

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • money (noun)
  • coins (noun)
  • pocket (noun)
  • save (verb)
  • spend (verb)
  • amount (noun)
  • childhood (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think giving pocket money to children is important? Why or why not?
  • How much pocket money should children be given?
  • What responsibilities do you think children should have in exchange for receiving pocket money?
  • Did you receive pocket money when you were a child? If yes, how much?
  • If you have children, do you give them pocket money? If not, will you in the future?
  • What do you think the purpose is of giving children pocket money?
  • What can the negative effects be of giving children too much pocket money?
  • What can the negative effects be of not giving children enough pocket money?
  • How can parents decide how much pocket money to give their children?
  • Is it better to give a fixed amount of pocket money or vary it based on the child's behavior or achievements?
  • Should pocket money be used as a reward for academic performance or other accomplishments?
  • Should parents have control over how children spend their pocket money, or should children have complete autonomy in their financial decisions?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.