The secret diary of a single parent bloke
Natalia’s getting older (9), and is allowed to the newsagent’s at the top of the road. And with that brings the relentless requests for money. Unfortunately, it also brings peer pressure. Her friends always seem to have cash with them, often inappropriate amounts (in my opinion) – £10 or more to buy sweets. In one instance, when I took Natalia and a couple of her friends to the cinema, one turned up with over £90!
I’ve never believed in “something for nothing”, and I’m very keen for her to learn the value of money, therefore I’m going to make her earn it. I’m going to pay her £4 per week for doing chores, achieved by doing the following:
She can also lose money for bad behaviour, 50p for anything that results in a trip to the “naughty step”. I can’t remember the last time she was banished there, so I can’t see it being an issue.
The amount, £4.00, is also significant. It’s more than her friends get, although they seem to get lots extra for sweets etc. For Christmas, her mother bought her a mobile phone (against my wishes), and the minimum top-up is £5.00, so hopefully she’ll learn to save some until the next week if she wants to use her mobile.
Finally, the pocket money is awarded on Sunday evenings. Again, I’ve put some thought into this, and I’ve decided on Sunday so that there’s less chance of her taking it to her mother’s at the weekend. Katrina’s a shopaholic, and Natalia and Jack usually spend most of their weekend’s trudging around various shopping malls. Hopefully this will discourage her from bringing yet more useless crap home after a weekend.
We’ll see if it works! I’d be interested to read your comments, please feel free to add them below.