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.

Woman's Own - - REAL LIFE DEBATE -

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

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