The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Teen Needs to Pay Bills or Lose Benefits

  • Dave Ramsey tells father how to inspire free-loading son to shape up
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  • Dear Dave,
    My son is on my auto insurance and cell phone account for the discounts. Heís 19 and lives at home, but he works. Heís supposed to pay his share of these bills, but he doesnít. What can I do to help him become more responsible?
    óSteve in Indianapolis, Ind.
    Dave Says: Itís really pretty simple: Take action! Iíd first sit him down and apologize for doing a bad job of communicating with him in the past. Explain to him that from this point on, youíre going to make him live up to his end of the bargain. Do this by explaining that the next time he doesnít have his share of the money, youíre shutting off his cell phone and canceling the insurance. Then, if he doesnít pay up on time, do it! You still have the control in this situation, Steve. You just have to exercise it. Your son may not like it at first, but youíll both benefit from the process.

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