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University/college? Only the last year. Because only something like 59% of students who enter college graduate. So we'll help them pay for it once they've earned it.
We may also consider assisting them to repay their student loans once they graduate, we'll see.
Living expenses? Uhm no? We haven't discussed this one and I think it will depend on the kids. Where they live, go to school, etc.
What about a car as a teenager? Dale has already said the kids get $100 per A on their report card starting freshman year toward a car. So they need to earn it. They'll be expected to pay for their own gas and insurance, but they also get an allowance for doing chores so.....
Also, my kids will have to know how to: change a tire, check and change oil, and change the spark plugs, plug wires, and fuel filter before they're allowed to own one.
Am I an a-hole? Maybe, but I have a hard time feeling sorry for those idiots standing on the side of the road with a flat tire and you stop to help them and they don't even have a jack. Really?
No offense if you are one of those people but jeeze, at LEAST have a jack and a tire iron!
Cell phone bill? We'll see when the time comes. I like the idea of a cell being something you earn for good behavior, not something you get because you can afford to have it.
Clothes? My mom is a shopping addict so this isn't my area. I haven't bought one single piece of clothing for my daughter and next to nothing for my son,
No joke. I bought Katelyn's cloth diapers and a bib. That's it. My mom has a problem
We plan to do things like my parents did, they will learn to earn things. Our parents didn't pay for college and we likely will not either. The only thing I'm considering is paying for their last year of college. I heard this somewhere, and it sounds like good motivation and a way to help them out without feeling like we are spoiling them.
We'll pay for most of their clothes but a car or cell phone they will need to pay for themselves. My parents drove me to my first job until I was able to get my license and pay for a car and it was really good motivation for me.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (2)