I’m a pocket money heretic
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.