how much board should a 19yr old pay?

Helen - posted on 08/11/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am a Sole parent working 70hrs a week, struggling with debts left over from non child support. I do everything for my children, My 19yr Son is a 2nd yr apprentice, mows the lawn sometimes, eventually takes out recycling when nagged. He told me today to get my shit together and clean up front yard, I said why don't you? He said It's your house :(
He pays $50 board, am I a fool should I be charging him more or doing less for him, don't really want to drive him out, but I am tired

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Jodi - posted on 08/11/2013

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He told you to "get your shit together"? I wouldn't be charging him board. I'd be suggesting he find somewhere else to live. Sorry, but where does he think he gets off speaking to you like that?

A_m_b_hall - posted on 08/11/2013

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Charge him 25-30% of his pretax income. This is what most independent young people pay for housing.
Do not provide extras (meals, laundry service, maid service, drive him places or allow him to take your car without refilling the gas).

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