I started giving my mum money when I was working part time, whilst at sixth form - obviously that ebbed and flowed, because there would be periods when I didn't work (it was seasonal). As soon as I started working full time (at 18) I paid the going rate for board. At 20 I moved out to buy my own house.
My parents didn't demand it, it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Respect to you sir
In complete fairness, when I started paying money when I was working part time, I'd have probably not thought to off my own back - my dad suggested it - but merely that suggested that whilst I was earning, I start giving my mum some.
When I started a full-time job, though, at 18, clearly it was the right thing to do, and nobody needed to drop any hints. Thing is, though, my parents were fairly laid back about it - I don't recall having rows about money - and that's not because I earned a lot - I didn't - nor is it because they were well off - they weren't.
As others have said, it was encouragement, from an early age, that there's an overhead to provide somewhere to live. Probably accounts for why I was paying into a pension scheme from the age of 18, too - and again, that's not 'cos I earned a lot, I didn't.
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