If you think employees want the moon now, wait a few years.
Coinstar, a Bellevue, Wash.-based operator of coin-counting machines, conducted a poll and found that allowances for American kids now average $9 a week. Despite the economic slowdown, the Coinstar survey found that most parents give their kids twice the allowance they themselves received as children.
Familiarity with wealth is becoming more widespread among U.S. youths, the Christian Science Monitor notes. The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics recently reported that, from 1980 to 1999, the number of children growing up in high-income homes - currently defined as at least $68,116 for a family of four - jumped from 16.8 percent to 29 percent.
Source: Christian Science Monitor