My eldest granddaughter will soon be 14. For the past year or so, she has been VERY VERY hard work for her parents,and everyone else, hardly ever attending school, coming home very late, going out when grounded, monosyllabic, uncommunicative, rude... She has just told me (longest conversation I have had with her for months) she wants money for her birthday, nothing else, don't give her anything else at all, just money. I hadn't actually asked her what she would like for her birthday, by the way, just "how are things, how's life going at the moment" type comment from me, and that was the response.
I don't really feel inclined to give her anything. I don't feel like funding any of her activities at the moment. I have thought about giving her a small sum and explaining that the more time she puts in at school then more money will come her way. But it seems harsh not to acknowledge a child's birthday with a gift. Does anyone else have experience of this? WWYD?
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