Majority of British parents believe that children shouldn’t be given independence until after they start secondary school
- New research from NatWest Rooster Money has revealed that British parents think their kids should have their own independence from 12 years old.
- Key indicators of kids growing up included choosing their own hair cut, getting a mobile, and being left to do their own homework.
- A quarter of parents of six- to 16-year-olds said their kid having their own spending card, instead of cash, was an early indicator of more independence, along with 24% who identified receiving pocket money as a
sign of this, and 23% who said choosing to spend pocket money without asking.
- A further 24% of parents said that getting a part time job is one of the first signs of financial freedom.
- A quarter of parents (24%) say they’re not ready for their child to become more independent and almost one in five (17%) say they’re not ready for their child to grow up.
- Half (46%) agree that kids are becoming independent at a younger age, mainly thanks to social media, the internet, having more open conversations with their parents, and society making them grow up quicker.