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Dear Wendy; How much should I make my son pay?

QMY teenage son has decided to skip university and get a job instead. He will still be living at home and I want him to contribute at least some of his wages to the family finances, but it's hard to know how much of his pay I should ask for. I don't want to be over-generous to him as I feel strongly he should be aware of the real cost of living.

Paula from Acocks Green

AYOUR son needs to get to grips with his finances from day one of his working life, otherwise your arrangement for him to live at home could go sour.

You both need to work out what it is costing you for him to live at home, and if he argues with you just compare it to the expense of renting his own place.

You will probably compromise on a sum that is more than a gesture but less than a real contribution.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 30, 1998
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