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saints72 Mon 29-Aug-11 19:29:24

Hi, This is my first post on here although I have looked at the boards for a while. I have 2 sons 12 + 14. The 12 yr old decided last week that our downstairs toilet needed redecoration and he was right! (we moved here last year and its a big project but getting there!) anyway he said he was going to do it and didnt want any help because he wanted to be able to look at it in the end and say it was all his work. So he set about work. He has stripped 3 layers of wallpaper, filled the walls, sanded them down and all the skirting etc, he has now repainted the walls and will do a 3rd coat tomorrow. \he is then planning to tile a splashback and the window ledge. We have obviously paid for the paint and tiles etc but he has chosen them (and they are really good) He has read up on tiling in a RD DIY book and reckons he can do it. He will take no help at all. Anyway the question is that we are debabting how much pocket money we should give him for this mega job? He has really enjoyed doing it but dont think he expected it to take quite as long as it has but to be fair he has persevered. My 14 yr old has not done anything and I would like them both to see the benefit of hard work etc. I was thinking £50 but not sure what does anyone else think?

HarrietJones Mon 29-Aug-11 19:40:13

I think that's a good pay.it will seem like a fortune to him & reward his work.

Just watch out for the whole house been decorated every time he is skint wink

Talker2010 Mon 29-Aug-11 19:42:10

£50 seems reasonable to me

SecretSquirrels Tue 30-Aug-11 18:32:17

Yes I agree with £50. He has shown real perseverance in doing the whole job on his own and has clearly worked hard. Neither my 13 or 15 year old DSs would be up to that. They'd give up after half an hour.

gingeroots Tue 30-Aug-11 22:38:31

Wow what a star !

Theas18 Wed 31-Aug-11 22:09:53

FAbulous- he's a star! I think £50 is probably right.

I bet the OP would be quite happy for hin to do the whole house gradually and if he's good at it DIY is a great skill to have in hand as a teen.

Your eldest will get a bit of a wake up call which is a good thing too.

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