My 15 yr old is constantly asking for "stuff". I recently have been laid off and can not afford any extra "stuff" I have been saying no. When I was working I used to say yes sometimes but now it is always no. It is hard to teach teens this day about "tough times" they just dont get it. Is anyone going through the same thing? He is a good boy, I wish I could do more for him.Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 6:35 PM on Jun. 4, 2009
I have always been on a very tight budget. When we go shopping, it is ALWAYS the basic stuff. And anything extra is a treat. These is how my kids were raised. To help them understand, especially as they got older, I would walk them through the finances. Show them, what, if anything is coming in as for income. Then show them the bills, including rent or house payment. Then show them whats left, then show them receipts for groceries and household items that are needed, i/e soap, shampoo, and so on. Make sure they understand that everything will be okay, so they don't worry, but things are going to be tight for a while.
You might be amazed with what they understand, and they might appreciate the full out honesty. Plus, this will be a good lesson for them, about where money goes.
Good luck, and I'm sorry to hear that your having a rough time.
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