SD is 13 in junior high.
I will preface this by saying, I was a single mother for 10 years, so we were always on a very tight budget while DD was growing up, and I was always careful to explain to her budgeting and things such as income and expenses, in a broad sense.
Thanks for your reply.
First of all, I think with us the problem we have is the kids she goes to school with, are spoiled materialistic kids.
I think part of it is relative.
Hi cmp, do you have any biokids of your own? If not, I could see where you're taking a big interest in your SO's kds cuz that would be pretty normal.
I only agree with that when both bio parents are in the picture.
Good lord! Lol.
My ten-year-old knows:
Has the economy affected your way of living? No. I've made more money this year than I ever have.
If it has, have you told your kids?
Last year, I swear I had to live on less than 900/month - with two kids. It SUCKED!!!! But I always bought things for them and tried not to let on that things were crapppy. I think once, I was stressed and Kurt was being a PITA about something I (lovingly LOL) pointed out that I had 1 pair of running shoes, no winter boots and that i had had those shoes since he was 7 so he needed to stop complaining about whatever he was whining about.
Clothing: do you explain to the kids what it takes to buy them new clothing and why you expect them to wear all of it?
I think I am in a different stuation than you because I LOVE to buy my kids clothes and Kurt is always telling me not to. I bought him some jeans in September and they are already too short. I had to drag him into American Eagle tonight to try some on.
I do expect him to wear the stuff he owns. Having said that, i let him pick out his own things. Most of his clothes are from Old Navy - cheap but not poor quality, not geeky, comfy etc. he has a bunch of shirts from Abercrombie, but that is because we don't have one here and I wanted to get him some when we were visiting my parents. that is the only 'name brand' stuff he has.
Do your kids have any idea what it takes to financially run your household and keep you in your home?
No, I don't think so. I don't think 13 year old boys need to burdened with worrying about that. I don't expect him to live outside of our means, but he'll learn all that when he is older. Well, he knows how much a lot of our bills are, because he gets them set up online for me and I always ask him to check how much I owe. He knows things aren't free and he's pretty frugal. I'm the one who is kind of materialistic and can't stick to a budget.
How many outfits do your kids have for school?
My daughter pretty much has more clothes than anyone I know but she is 3 and I have an obsession with buying cute little girly clothes.For the winter Kurt has: 2 pairs of jeans, 2 fleece lined cargo pants, 1 pair of army pants; 2 hoodies, 2 fleece sweaters; about 10 long sleeved t-shirts and 10 short sleeve t-shirts (Old nave had a sale where they were all 6 dollars each so I bought a bunch).
You can pretty much find him wearing the same thing every day. Today I had to tell him "Uh, that sweater is dirty...put on a different one."
Oh, and I know this post is super long but uniforms aren't always the great equalizer either. I wore one for high school and if you wore the school issue blouse, you were a loser. The 'in' group all HAD to have a Polo Ralph Lauren turtleneck and Polo white blouse. I even had polo socks. My shirts were Ralph Lauren, but Chaps not Polo. They were just barely acceptable. How lame is that!