A mother in the United Kingdom has asked women for advice on the internet forum Mumsnet after her mother-in-law suggested that she should be saving her children’s welfare benefits rather than spending them on daily necessities.
The woman, whose username is @cadburyegg on the site, wrote that she only works part-time, and that the welfare money helps with daily needs.
“So we have [two children], one three-year-old the other four months. We claim child benefit for them. It goes into our joint account and helps a little with our daily expenses. I have worked part-time since the three-year-old was born so it’s helpful,” she wrote.
She continued to share that her mother-in-law was “aghast” at how they were spending the benefits.
“In-laws came over last night and somehow this topic came up. [My mother-in-law] was aghast that we are not saving it up for the children when they are older. We do save for them but only a small amount per month. Her words were ‘you’re not poor so you should be saving it up for their first car or similar’. Well no, we aren’t poor, but we aren’t rich. I thought child benefits were supposed to help with the cost of raising kids, not be a saving fund for them? Am I being unreasonable?” she wrote.
While many of the responses agreed that the mother of two was being reasonable, others shared that they personally believed in saving the benefits for their children’s futures.