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I'm over-reacting to this.. aren't I? Am I?

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lottie63 Sat 03-Nov-12 10:04:38

So, half-term's been a stessful week juggling child-care and work. Sigh of relief yesterday when all was quiet upstairs as my two DDs played happily and quietly... having a really lovely girly time... or so I thought as youngest (aged 8) came down with her nails having been painted. Turns out, oldest (aged 11) was charging her for doing it! Per nail!! I just feel there s something very wrong with that... a sort of taking advantage and I ve told 11 yr old off and made her give back the money. Am I over- reacting?

Whistlingwaves Sat 03-Nov-12 10:06:29

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OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 03-Nov-12 10:09:50

Probably not an over-reaction, but what an enterprising DD you have. grin

lottie63 Sat 03-Nov-12 10:11:32

Oh something v low. 1p per nail... 15p hair styling. It doesn t matter to me how much because youngest dsnt hv much money so to her, it's alot. What s made me a bit sad is that she took advantage of her little sister s naiivetysad

crazynanna Sat 03-Nov-12 10:13:25

Well that was mates

I would explain to her that charging her little sis is a bit OTT...but at the same time I would secretly admire her business brain.

MajesticWhine Sat 03-Nov-12 10:14:03

Yes, you are over-reacting.

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 03-Nov-12 10:14:31

This reminds me of my sister and me when we were children. She used to charge me for her old toys. She's now a millionaire while I am not, so perhaps it shows a good head for business. I can see why you are angry about it though, it's rather selfish.

shushpenfold Sat 03-Nov-12 10:15:23

Sorry.....MAHOOSIVELY over reacting!

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 03-Nov-12 10:16:02

Rather younger than that, I convinced my younger brother that pennies (large, brown predecimal ones) were more valuable than sixpences (small silver coins) because they were bigger. blush

I think dc have been doing this kind of thing forever. She got busted, has had to repay the cash, and has hopefully learned a lesson about not ripping off your nearest and dearest.

Or is there something else you're worried about, underlying this?

lottie63 Sat 03-Nov-12 10:20:48

Wonder if she s just learned to say 'and dont ever tell mum or I ll never do it again'

lljkk Sun 04-Nov-12 19:53:51

10p? It will cost her more than that in nail polish (my DC buy own). Massive OTT. Let them work it out between themselves.

ripsishere Mon 05-Nov-12 03:38:27

Akiss. I did that to my sister. Thrupenny bits were worth less than pennies due to the size.
OP, you are over reacting.

procrastinor Mon 05-Nov-12 04:41:32

Yabu. I can't understand why you would get properly annoyed by this? All sisters do things to annoy / take advantage of each other. I think it's quite sweet that your older child was spending time and effort with her sister - they obviously get on enough that she was happy to play with her. So she charged her a small amount of money? I would be annoyed if she charged money to spend time with her ("give me 10p and ill

procrastinor Mon 05-Nov-12 04:42:10

Bugger. I'm waffling. Even my iPhone objects.

WhoWhatWhereWhen Mon 05-Nov-12 05:37:00

Perhaps charge your 11 year old for breakfast

notallytuts Tue 06-Nov-12 12:20:11

depends if she buys the nail varnish with her pocket money or if you buy it for them to share? if its "hers" then i think yabu...

madbengal Wed 14-Nov-12 05:22:35

LOL my sister used to charge me 50p to use her hairdryer I was very niave

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