I’m a pocket money heretic

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Daugh­ter: ‘‘Can I have a fid­get spin­ner?’’

Me: ‘‘No, I don’t want to spend my money on that.’’

Daugh­ter: ‘‘Please, Ev­ery­one at school’s got one.’’

Me: ‘‘No, it’s a waste of the world’s re­sources.’’

Some­times, I am­pleased to say no. My­mum­be­lieved chil­dren shouldn’t get ev­ery­thing they want. I agree.

When I was my daugh­ter’s age, there was no point in ask­ing for money to buy stuff.

In the 1970s no­body had money to spare. Pocket money was fairly min­i­mal. I can’t even re­mem­ber re­ceiv­ing it.

I only got spend­ing power with my first news­pa­per round. Un­til then, I had to rely on Christ­mas and birth­day for new stuff.

These days, it is fash­ion­able to ‘‘fi­nan­cialise’’ your chil­dren early through elab­o­rately mi­cro­man­aged pocket money sys­tems.

The kids can spend a third, save a third, and give a third away to char­ity.

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