Thursday, 9 June 2011
The cost of twins!
This is quite frightening, especially if you have more children than you had anticipated (and budgeted for) by having multiples.
Having multiples is quite cost effective for the employer and government as despite the mother having 2 (or more) children, they only need to pay standard maternity pay that you would receive twice if you had 2 children through separate pregnancies and cover 1 period of maternity leave. When I was pregnant with my twins I did try and negotiate double the maternity pay and leave with my employer but this seemed to cause mirth rather than action and I wasn't successful!
I am also not sure why my second child (born 8 minutes after my first born) is cheaper to keep than his sister. But this would appear to be the case in the eyes of the child benefit office. My oldest daughter benefits from £20.30 per month while her brother apparently costs £13.40.
With my youngest daughter I could see some rationale to this in the sense that she was able to benefit from equipment, clothes etc handed down from her siblings. With twins (or more) there is not that opportunity and you are faced with buying 2 cots/cot beds, cot bedding, vests and clothes, high chairs, 1st stage car seats, bouncy chairs, child reins, potties etc!
One further aspect that doesn't immediately spring to mind is the financial strain that is placed on the tooth fairy from a multiples household. I think she/he may move in soon as the journeys have been very frequent recently (see photo for evidence!) and my youngest (age 3) watching all of this activity is wiggling her teeth in desperation to cash in as well!