Work out an approximate cost of all monies spent bringing up said child to this stage. Include all the sundries like nappies, clothes, bedding,food but include all the little odd things like calpol,milton fluid.prams, pushchairs Make a very very long list then print it off with a total at the bottom.
Present it to child and ask them- 'Now, how much would you like to pay back this week??'
Seems a tad harsh, given as parents we chose to have them, they had no voice in the matter.
All the same, though, I think as they start earning, having to contribute something (and up to that point, before they had income to contribute, they really should be contributing in other ways), I think, teaches them important life-lessons. The idea that not doing so is considered "kinder" may be a mistake - preparing them for the life ahead, and that there is always some overhead, and some responsibility required, is, in my opinion, kinder than letting them go by without doing so.
That said, I also like the idea of putting it by in an account for when they may need it, to say, get on the property ladder - but I also think the strength in that, is that they don't know that's what you're doing (which may be rather difficult with multiple children, with some gaps in their ages).
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