I’ve spent nearly £200,000 - and there’s worse to come

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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The cost of raising a pre-secondary school child now stands at £91,377, according to latest research from the Halifax.

This means I have already spent not far shy of £200,000 on my three.

And that’s only up to the age of 11. After that the price – it seems to me anyway – increases exponentially as they eat everything in sight and step into the adult range of clothes and shoes which cost three times as much as children’s variations because they’re a lot bigger.

And they start wanting jobs around the house to earn money, so that they can then go out and spend more, more, more.

So parents are in fact financing that as well on top of the regular pocket money.

But they’re worth it, aren’t they?