WHAT ARE YOU REALLY WORTH?

My daughter recently told me that one of her eighth-grade classmates receives $150 a month for an allowance—an outrageous sum, I thought, until I learned from a news report that it actually falls under the national average of $50 a week, or $200 a month. Suddenly my daughter's tiny fraction of that seemed puny—though it still felt like the right amount, and I didn't intend to raise it. She didn't seem to mind. Her weekly baby-sitting job helps, and recently her closest circle of friends decided to stop shopping the trendy shops and patronize some less expensive ones instead.

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