Mum asks if it's wrong to make eight-year-old son pay for his own school uniform

A parent has sparked debate after confessing she’s considering charging her ‘unorganised’ son £19 for a school fleece he has lost – using the pocket money she gives him every week

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She’s started a debate among parents (stock photo)

A Mum has divided opinions online after considering making her child pay for his own school uniform.

The anonymous parent took to Mumsnet to explain how her eight-year-old son is “very unorganised” and is “constantly losing his belongings at school”.

The mum says she labels all of her son’s items – but they never end up being found or returned. She says she can no longer “keep up like this” – especially amid the cost of living crisis.

“The latest thing is his fleece, which costs £19,” the post reads.

“[It] Went missing on Monday and hasn’t been handed in. I need to sort it. He gets pocket money at £2 per week and saves this up to buy something big, so he can cover this.

Some parents branded the anonymous mum ‘mean’ and ‘harsh’


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“Me and [my husband] can’t agree on whether he should have to pay for the cost of a new one out of pocket money.

“So, am I being unreasonable to think it would be a good life lesson for him to have to pay for a replacement? Or is he too young to have to pay for his own uniform?”

The post sparked debate online – with some accusing the parents of being “mean” and “harsh”.

“That would be a really nasty thing to do to an eight-year-old, and the kind of thing he’ll remember into adulthood,” one user wrote. “I know it’s frustrating but he’s only eight. If he was 15 fair enough.”

Another user commented: “If everything is named and never gets returned it sounds like it’s being stolen. Stuff doesn’t just disappear into thin air. No way would I make him pay.”

However, some parents did side with the mother – and said they had implemented a similar discipline with their child.

“I did this when my child was about nine,” someone else replied.

“He was constantly losing school sweatshirts and in the end I made him pay for a new one. He showed no interest or remorse in losing them and he assumed they would just be replaced. I made him pay for a new one.

“I Think I took £5 off him and after that, I don’t think he lost another one. It was an important lesson for him”.

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