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Money Moral Dilemma: Should our son pay us for the fuel we use babysitting our grandchildren?
edited 8 November 2022 at 3:47PM in Marriage, relationships & families
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And yes, they should be reimbursing you. You are doing them a big favour especially as you are finding matters tight on the financial front.
What if they weren't. Shouldn't there still be some offer of petrol money, for such a long journey, not just assumed that they would suck it up.
What if the shoe were on the other foot, and the grandparents (you) needed taking on appointments (hospital etc), would you be happy to give them some petrol money for helping you out, if you're both struggling.
If the cost really is becoming unbearable to you, and you don’t anticipate losing access to the kids if money is mentioned, then worth bearing in mind that if your fuel cost is £15/£20 then the true costs for this trip is much higher (typically double).
Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.
(Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
It is a sixty mile round trip and although fuel costs are high we wouldn't dream of asking them to contribute.
My son earns a good wage but they are still struggling.What with mortgages and high child care costs etc.
Everyone's situation is different and if the OP is struggling financially maybe they should have a quiet word.