Toni Braxton charges kids rent
'Family Values' star ready to start training her kids for the real world
Singer-turned-reality TV regular Toni Braxton charges her young sons rent to help them learn how to budget for their future. The "Braxton Family Values" star reveals she's already started training her kids for the real world by taking a minimal fee from Denim, 11, and 9-year-old Diezel's weekly allowance.
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But even that's too much for her boys. She explains, "I charge them rent. I give them allowance. Denim gets $15. Diezel gets $10 a week. They have to take out the trash, do all these things, but I make them pay me rent. Diezel pays $1, Denim pays $1.50. I swear to god, Diezel pays a 50 cents for utilities. Denim pays 25 cents for utilities, for cable ... I charge them! So they give me, like, $3 a week out of their allowance. I told them one day you'll have to pay rent, so I'm helping you. They get upset, '$3 a week mom? $3?!'"
You are definitely on the right track with this. Young kids seldom have an opportunity to learn the value of life and living at the hands of their parents and it's a good thing. Even I say "the younger the better". We started giving our daughter an allowance once a month, and when we first started, she had to pay for all her friend-outtings, etc., but now she has to incorporate paying her own cell phone bill out of her allowance. It's helping her to learn responsibility and accountability. God bless you!
Amazing! as I continue to read through these posts it looks like there's a gauntlet waiting for TB to pass so she can get scolded. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I read posts about her having filed for bankruptcy as though that is a reason she is not qualified to teach her kids the value of a dollar.Some of the most successful people in our history have lost millions and did also filed banruptcy.
People who are taking pot shots at her - back off and stop hating. She have filed for bankruptcy but she is smart enough to bounce back (she's working on it). Why not mention the positive as well? It appears she is teaching her kids so they don't have to experience what she did. We have such unforgiving people in this nation and some have already found themselves here in this post. Follow your heart TB, you're doing a great job!
@ - Before you judge her for instilling values and preparing her kids for the real world please take a look at what the world has taught us all to do. That model does not work. It is even absurd for you to make such a comment about her putting her children out in the street. It is clear that she is using this as life lessons and not to bring harm to her precious kids. She does it with love. Come on, it is so obvious. I've watched younger generations become handicapped, weak, and fall apart at the seams when they come across a small bump in the road in life. They have a distorted view of this world.
I thank you Toni for being a model to the rest of our society that has deviated from old values. They are simple and they work. This is the school I came from. Give them tough love and teach them lessons we deal with in the real world because the world is full of hard knocks. Those that judge you harshly lack your understanding and wisdom. I admire you and the show business industry needs more like you. Blessings to you.
It’s one thing to have kids earn an allowance and learn how to manage their money. But it’s another to make them earn an allowance to keep a roof over their heads. What happens if they don't earn that money that week - if they're sick or hit with a lot of homework - are they out in the street? Instilling in them unconditional love is also important. Maybe if Ms. Braxton had been a less insecure person perhaps she wouldn’t have spent so much money and gone bankrupt on things she obviously did need (like those extensions in this picture?).