A number of people
believe that pocket money teaches teenagers to be responsible. Others say that
teenagers are too young to deal with money and that their parents should just
buy them what they need.
Many parents wonder whether to give
pocket money to their children and how much to give. Most Moms and Dads think
that pocket money helps the child learn to handle money sensibly. However,
pocket money may become a battleground if not handled correctly from the very
Personally, I think that by giving
pocket money parents help children learn to manage money while they are young.
It also helps them make choices and feel that they are important members of the
family. Even a small amount can give a child the feeling of responsibility and
independence. Parents can suggest the child keeping a little book in their
money box to record ins and outs. This will help with their mathematics and
will encourage them to save money.
But in some families children are given
what they ask for and do not get pocket money. Some parents think that pocket
money can cause a number of problems. For example, if children have a lot less
than their friends they may feel depressed and may be tempted to steal. On the
other hand, when they have much more it can cause envy and resentment amongst
their friends. Besides, I believe that parents should never give pocket money
to their children as compensation for not spending enough time with them and
as a reward for helping around the house.
To conclude, I think it is up to parents
to decide whether to give children pocket money or not. Anyway, parents should
explain their sons and daughters that lots of money cannot buy love and
Some people think
they can be happy only being rich, while others don't care too much about
It is rather difficult to imagine our
lives without money. People consider money to be part and parcel of their
everyday lives. They buy and sell different things, receive a fee, a pension or
a subsidy, exchange currency and what not. People's attitude to money can be
quite different: for some of them money is the most important thing in the
world, while other people don't care much about money.
In my opinion, the life of rich people
is not only luxurious. It is also dangerous. There are quite a lot of people
who want to deceive the rich. Millionaires have to spend much money on security,
but sometimes even such measures don't help. Rich people are often robbed,
kidnapped and killed. Besides, they have to work much and that is why they
spend very little time with their families and they often feel stressed.
But in spite of all dangers and
difficulties, many people are sure that money and happiness are synonyms. They
believe that money can make them powerful and independent. They dream of
expensive cars and luxurious mansions. Some people think that we live in the
world where almost everything can be bought and sold. They even make friends
and marry for money. To my mind, money becomes a kind of addiction for such
To sum up, money is very useful as a
medium of exchange, a unit of account and a store of value. But it becomes
"the root of all evil" when it makes people take bribes, betray their
partners or commit crimes. I think that "money is a good servant but a bad
A lot of people say
that it is very important for everybody to own property. However, others are
not so sure that property can make our lives better.
Everyone has some possessions. People
own cars, buildings, land, money, bonds, stocks and so on. We are used to
consuming, selling, renting, mortgaging, transferring or exchanging our
property But sometimes people attach too much importance to their possessions.
Personally, I believe that property is
not the most important thing in our lives. It may arouse other people's envy
and it is difficult to say whether people surrounding you are your real friends
or they just like your possessions and want to make use of them. I strongly
feel that having friends, parents, relatives, spouses and children who love and
understand you is better than possessing money, houses or securities.
However, there are people whose desire
to own things predominates over all other feelings. They often become
"slaves of property". They usually try to make a commercial use of
everything and the main aim of their lives is accumulation of their capital.
They sometimes buy beautiful pictures and sculptures not because they admire
works of art or drive inspiration from them, but because it is a way of
investing money. But to my mind, a person who values only property is miserable
because inanimate objects like cars, pictures or precious stones can't make you
To conclude, I think that possessing
property is not a sin, but one should remember the proverb: "Money can't
Some people say that
making money with the Internet is reality, while others think it is a myth.
The Internet is not only a source of information
and entertainment for many people. It can also help them make money from home.
At the same time the Internet business may be hard to break into.
To my mind, the Internet gives people a
great number of opportunities to make money. Some of them earn money building
websites for different companies, organizations or businessmen. Many people use
websites to sell different goods or services. Thanks to the Internet,
e-learning industry which is estimated to be worth billions of dollars has
developed. People also earn money by sending spam, creating computer viruses,
putting advertisements on a web page and so on.
However, those who believe that the
Internet can help them make millions in a few days may be disappointed. Even
hard work does not always result in success. People usually have to invest some
money to develop their online business. What is more, there is usually great
competition on the Internet when thousands of other people are trying to sell
similar goods or services. So if you want to succeed, you should be original in
order to stand out from the crowd.
To sum up, the Internet may motivate
people to earn money. I strongly feel that if you are not afraid of
difficulties, if you are hard-working, energetic and persistent, the Internet
business will help you become richer.
Some people say that
high social status is very important for everybody. Others are convinced that
it is better to have a high income.
In modern societies, a person's social
status depends on many factors including their income, education, occupation,
inherited wealth and position, ownerships, personal skills, abilities and
efforts. Some people achieve high social status through education, occupation,
and marital status. But statuses can also be inherited through family.
To my mind, it is difficult to say which
is more important: high social status or a high income. Sometimes an
individual's social positions have both positive and negative influence on
their social status. For example, a teacher has a positive societal image which
increases his status but may earn little money, which simultaneously decreases
it. In contrast, a drug dealer, may have low social position though have a high
income. There are a lot of professions that are not prestigious, but well-paid
and vice versa. Personally, I would prefer having high social status to being
Some people say that they would rather
have low social status but earn much money. They are convinced that money can
make them powerful and independent. Such people also say that we live in the
world where almost everything can be bought and sold, even high social status.
But I think that a person must be respected only for his or her individual
merits and achievements.
To sum up, both a person's income and
social status depend on him or her and may be changed in the course of his or
her life. So if you want to be wealthy, respected and successful, you must work
hard to achieve this goal.