We are taking a family holiday to ROI in a couple of months (for about a week) and bringing DSS (teenager).
What is the normal amount of spending money, we would expect to give a teenager whilst on holiday and at this age, do you let them manage it themselves, so if its all spent on junk and nothing left to buy presents/trinkets (for others), do you top it up or leave it.
I should say, the time will probably be spent catching up and visiting family with a couple of days out.
Also if he asks or we are asked (by ex), if he should bring spending money...do we just say no (as we would be covering it) or is it acceptable to yes if he wants to.
It really depends what you xpect him to pay for, rather like pocket money. If they have to pay for all their own entertainment/ snacks/ gifts then you would need to give more than if you were paying for those. I have 15 and 13 year old boys. On holiday we've tried giving them spending money but it works out easier if we just pay as and when they want something. Obviously they would want some of their own money. I would expect mine to bring about £10 - £15 and if relatives want to give them holiday pocket money that's fine.
DS went to the states with a friend last year and only spent about £250 in 3 weeks and that included buying food for a camping trip, a lot of meals out, bus fares etc. They really don't need much at that age.