When a child has some close friends at school, but some of them come from relatively richer families, so they get maybe twice my child's pocket money, how should I answer when he complains and asks to be on par with such friends?
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How should I respond to a child asking to have as much spending money as her friends do?
"That's great. I'm glad to see that you have ambitions. What do you think you can do to earn more money?"
In addition to the answers already given, I would also point out those who are not as fortunate as you or the richer families.
Depending on the age of your child, it may be a good time to discuss community service. Take your child to a food bank or get involved in other activities where your child can experience both sides of the coin.
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