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AIBU to make DD pay for driving lessons (that are from me)?

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woonnoow Sun 20-Nov-16 20:22:31

Hi all,

My daughter is 17. She is just beginning to learn to drive. I'm giving her lessons - I have offered to get her 'proper' ones for Christmas, but she finds it better with me.

I take her everyday, so that's an hour of my time. I don't mind, but I work from home, so my time is obviously really important. AIBU to charge her £5 for an hour?

She seems to roll her eyes when I ask for it, saying that her friends' parents don't make them pay (that typical phrase! grin) so AIBU?

AndNowItsSeven Sun 20-Nov-16 20:23:42

Yes yabu, but you are joking aren't you?

Bluebeck Sun 20-Nov-16 20:23:48

Wow! Yes I think YABU! She has to pay to spend time with you?

Georgiesgirl Sun 20-Nov-16 20:24:14

I hope you're kidding.

woonnoow Sun 20-Nov-16 20:24:15

No? Obviously I'm considering giving it back to her, when she passes her test.

PinkSnowAndStars Sun 20-Nov-16 20:24:51

It would be fair to charge her for petrol I guess. But not for your time...

MrsMozart Sun 20-Nov-16 20:24:57


You want her to pay?

Words fail.

FuzzyDiamond Sun 20-Nov-16 20:25:09


harderandharder2breathe Sun 20-Nov-16 20:25:18

Yabu, if you don't want to do it then pay a professional

Rainatnight Sun 20-Nov-16 20:25:29

Why would you take it from her in the first place? And there's no 'obviously' about it. That wasn't in your first post. hmm

Diel Sun 20-Nov-16 20:26:09

Yabu, surely that falls under parenting? Would you charge for helping with homework?

woonnoow Sun 20-Nov-16 20:26:15

Because I'm not minted?

TheNaze73 Sun 20-Nov-16 20:26:58



MagicMojito Sun 20-Nov-16 20:27:43

Yeah, thats a bit odd confused

GreenTureen Sun 20-Nov-16 20:27:44

Yes YABU. If you can spare the time then do it with good grace. If not, tell her you can't and she'll need to save for proper lessons.

TaliDiNozzo Sun 20-Nov-16 20:28:18

Are you kidding? You're going to charge her because you're not minted but you're in a position to pay for proper lessons for her? That doesn't even make sense!

Boogers Sun 20-Nov-16 20:28:19

If you're not minted then why would you give it back to her after she's passed her test? It doesn't make sense.


FannyWisdom Sun 20-Nov-16 20:28:21

If you can't afford the fuel and insurance then let her buy lessons.

witsender Sun 20-Nov-16 20:28:23

Well, do an hour's work in the evening instead, to make up time. Helping your kids is part of parenting.

woonnoow Sun 20-Nov-16 20:29:13

Proper lessons would be for Christmas...

Redglitter Sun 20-Nov-16 20:29:37

You'd actually charge your daughter an hourly rate. Bloody hell that's charming. I've never heard of any parent charging their child when they took them out for driving lessons shock

JCo24 Sun 20-Nov-16 20:29:56

It's actually illegal to charge for lessons when you're not qualified to teach.

KondosSecretJunkRoom Sun 20-Nov-16 20:30:14

Why not? I'm charging my 2yo for English lessons. He's racking up quite a bill.

ConvincingLiar Sun 20-Nov-16 20:30:19

I don't think any parents charge their children for driving lessons.

Abraiid2 Sun 20-Nov-16 20:30:37

Helping a child learn to drive is just something parents do. You can't charge.

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