DD is 13 - she will be 14 in early-October. She is generally pretty well behaved, gaining in independence but at times very angsty and stroppy. For the most part a normal teen I guess
We have never been a pocket money family but she does have a savings account and I have just changed this over from a 'passbook' account to a card access account because I am planning to start giving her some sort of allowance. But there I am a bit unsure of what is reasonable and realistic....!
Can you all tell me how often your teens get money given to them, how much they get and what they are expected to use that money for - and what they are not. TIA.
I have two teenagers and I give them what on here would be considered quite a lot a week, but then I don't have to keep putting my hand in my wallet for all the extras so many people seem to pay for. It's all covered - phone, clothes, haircuts, lunches, cinema etc etc.
It works for us, and that's the thing, I think.
I have to work some quite long hours over the summer and they need to be fairly independent.
14yo gets £5 a week, 12yo gets £3 a week pocket money unconditionally to spend on crap. Ds earns money by being in a paid choir and saves all of that in a savings account. Dd earns £5 an hour babysitting and spends it on crap. No savings in account.
DD16 gets £60 a month for fares, gifts, most clothes, cinemas etc. Been doing this about 4 months. In July she ran out after a week - bought a beautiful edition of Lovecraft's Necronomicon for £20, and a present for a friend (because it was EXACTLY what he wanted) for £20. She limped through the rest of the month on a handout from my DP's mum!
Am hoping lessons have been learned...
She's hoping to get a Saturday job in September, but not very motivated to earn. If she was, great, but as it is she may as well enjoy herself now, she'll be a wage slave long enough.