How much is too much?

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How much is too much?

Postby NIEtrainedTEACHER » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:43 pm

Just wondering, how much do you all spend on tuition, enrichment and what not for our DS and DD?

Is there such a thing as too much?


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Postby tony » Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:05 pm

We spend about $400 for chinese tuition for both kids. Then there's soccer and swimming, another $170 plus $200 (all for two kids). Used to spend on science enrichment for fun, but the operator was too unsafe.

$760/mth is quite a lot to us. But since we don't have music, English, math etc, I wonder what the bill is like for others? Cross my fingers, hope we can delay the day we have to "prioritize" and cut out on the fun activities.

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Postby amylqf » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:24 pm

so far only ballet and english for my daughter.

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Postby James Ang » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:14 pm

My 5 year old son goes to Kumon and he also has a private tutor who comes twice a week to teach him how to read and write. My sister, a senior manager in Big Four audit firm teaches him some Maths and English regularly. I check my son's Kumon daily practices.

I don't think it is how much one spends but what support is given to the child. Parents can teach their own kids, but sometimes a third party like tutor or enrichment centre provides diversity in the child's learning. Anyway, I cannot afford to pay my sister's professional hourly rate which can be in hundreds of dollars in the professional audit function. Everyone chips in to help while sometimes we end up teaching/coaching other kids in return favour or for money. :p

Everyone has their own budget, but the child's well-being is the most important!

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Postby Funz » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:44 pm

At the moment for my kids

Swimming $60/mth each
Chinese $500+ /term (DD & DS)
Piano $140/mth (DD only) DS most probably starting next year.

Too much or not I guess it all depends on individuals. For a household with a disposable income of $2-3K, $1k on enrichment is a lot but for one with disposable income of $10k, that is easily manageable.

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Postby jedamum » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:30 pm

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Postby KSP » Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:35 pm

Yes, I totally agreed it is all depend on the household income. I know of a parents who spend about $3-4k a month for enrichment for their 2 kids. The household income definitely more than $10k.

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