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Julie says her 15-year-old is costing substantially more than the rest of the family. Should Julie try to make the spending fair for the other two kids or just know that it will level out in five years?

QUESTION: Julie in St. Louis and her husband have three children, and their 15-year-old is costing them substantially more than the rest of the family. Should they try to make the spending fair for the other two kids or just know that it will level out in five years?

ANSWER: In five years, it’ll be their turn. Let me put it to you this way. When the 15-year-old is 23 and you’re buying prom dresses for her little sister, are you going to send her extra money? No, she had her moment in the sun. It’s now. Tell the little ones, “Live long and prosper. If you live long enough, you’ll get to prosper.”

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