Q: My two young teens are constantly begging me to buy them clothes. It’s become highly annoying. After reading your book on teenagers, I’ve decided to stop buying them any clothing and give them each an $750 annual clothing allowance. Should I give them the whole amount at once or give it to them on a monthly basis?
A: Great idea! However, I don’t think an annual clothing allowance of $750 is a realistic amount for children who are outgrowing their clothes every six months to a year. If their clothing allowance is insufficient, then the whining is only going to get worse, and your plan is likely to blow up in your face.