She has been going out with her friends a fair amount recently. I have no problem with that but there is a large discrepancy in what they get to spend.
One child has parents who seem to just give her £20 when she crosses the threshold. Other parents are sticking to pocket money of like £2.50 a week.
Dd has an oyster card that I put money on so her transport is covered and buses are free at her age anyway.
I want her to understand that she can't just spend money like water when she is out nor is it reasonable to always go out and spend money (i.e. they could just go to the park and take a picnic). But on the otherhand, I also want her to be able to get a drink or ice cream when she's out or go to the cinema on the odd occasion.
So how much do you give your children who can go out on their own but aren't old enough to work and earn money themselves? SHe does chores btw.
The cinema is £8 a go and popcorn and a drink is another £7 so I think that £2.50 a week is a bit low if its meant to cover things like that. Maybe the £20 every time she crosses the threshold girl has to cover all her trips, clothes and toiletries?
Say she goes to the cinema once a month thats £15, then a drink and an icecream once a week £5, thats £35 a month. So maybe a tenner a week would be a reasonable amount?
My dd gets £5 a week. The cinema is a drive away for us. Full price shows are a treat and paid for by tesco vouchers if possible. Saturday morning films are £1 each.
After school she rotates between our house, friends house, the park and macdonalds. She doesn't always spend all £5 at the moment, but I'm guessing that will change in the summer when there is no school.