What is the point of a kid having a paper round if mummy drives him round in her 4x4 delivering the papers?

(19 Posts)
sandyballs Sat 05-Apr-14 11:33:13

I know I'm judging, but I find it odd, very odd.

LordPalmerston Sat 05-Apr-14 11:33:59

The type of car being relevant ?

HowContraryMary Sat 05-Apr-14 11:35:07

Perhaps he's late this morning and they are going away and so shes helping so they can make it to the coat/train/airport?

sandyballs Sat 05-Apr-14 11:36:20

I know it isn't relevant, but it builds the picture grin. Not a one off, every day.

LordPalmerston Sat 05-Apr-14 11:36:59

Was it white with personalised no? 5U51?

AnnoyingOrange Sat 05-Apr-14 11:38:07

Presumably the kid is actually walking up and down peoples drives with the papers and the mum is waiting in the car with a big stack?

sandyballs Sat 05-Apr-14 11:38:20

grin

sandyballs Sat 05-Apr-14 11:39:07

No she doesn't get out the car, the boy walks up the path with the papers.

LordPalmerston Sat 05-Apr-14 11:40:25

I'd go and jab my finger in the recipients face and say WAKE UP AND READ IT ONLINE

FreudiansSlipper Sat 05-Apr-14 11:41:51

She still may have to push him to do this so it it still achieving something

AnnoyingOrange Sat 05-Apr-14 11:42:05

A stack of papers is quite heavy to lift. Especially weekend or local papers with load of sections in them

fayrae Sat 05-Apr-14 11:42:40

Seems a bit stupid. When I did a paper round (350 papers!) my dad would sometimes bring the papers too me in the car so I didn't have to walk back home everytime the bag got emptied. But this kid will probably be one of the ones getting his mum to ring work when he feels sick or when he wants a payrise.

HappyAgainOneDay Sat 05-Apr-14 11:43:31

The paper girl around here has a trolley in which to drag her papers. They don't have to carry them in bags any more.

whatever5 Sat 05-Apr-14 11:47:36

Someone in DH's family used to do this with his children. He insisted that it was important for them to have a job as teenagers as it taught them about responsibility etc.....

Dh and I occasionally drive ds3 round his paper round (and used to do the same for the older two, before they went to university) - but this is only if it is too wet and windy, or too icy for him to be safe. There are other paper boys working out of the same shop whose parents do drive them round every day, though.

I think it is good for kids to have a paper round - it teaches responsibility, and enables them to earn their own money, but I wouldn't do it if it meant driving them every day - mine do theirs on their bikes, and it's safe for them to do so round here. If it wasn't safe, or the round was too far from the shop and home, and needed me or dh to drive, I wouldn't go that far to enable him to do the round. It would make no sense for me, to spend more on petrol than he'd be earning from the paper round.

IloveJudgeJudy Sat 05-Apr-14 18:17:12

Very tough mother here. All three DC have had/have paper rounds. The only time I've driven them is if it's the weekend and rubbish weather and we have an appointment.

GiveTwoSheets Sat 05-Apr-14 18:23:12

Maybe some bastard stole his bike

paragirl1981 Sat 05-Apr-14 18:24:50

my sister does her daughter's paper round for her!

Shockers Sat 05-Apr-14 18:57:52

DH occasionally does Ds's with him...

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