No ‘They need to save for the future instead’
finance director and lives in Nici O’dowd, 45, is a charity Adam, 42, and sons Aidan, South Yorkshire with her partner 20, and Josh, 16.
I had to give my parents rent as soon as I started full-time work, but I’d never dream of doing that to my kids. Josh is at school, but Aidan earns £1,000 a month working for a hospice while studying graphic design at college. He already pays £300 a month towards his car, plus £50 a month for his phone and gym membership. If I asked him to pay rent too, it’d be for impossible for him to save a house deposit. As his mum, I want him to get on the property ladder in the future. So Aidan saves £200 a month instead of paying me rent. And or I refuse to let him buy food toiletries. It’s an arrangement that works for us. Charging rent isn’t the only way to teach kids the value of money. Teaching them to save is equally important. Besides, although the boys don’t pay rent, they contribute in to the running of the house other ways such as cooking, cleaning and walking Jenson, our Border collie. Like all mums, my goal is kids the best start to give my in life. The boys always tell work me that I inspire them to hard. I’m so proud of them and can’t understand why I’d punish them by charging them money. This is their home, and there will always be a place for them here – free of charge.
Nici wants Aidan to save for a house deposit