I just dropped off my kids at my wife's apartment. My wife asked me, in front of the kids, whether I was going to give her a check on May 1, as scheduled. I said yes. At that point, our 5-year-old asked how money it was going to be, and I told her.
At this point, my wife threw a tantrum. She said that we should be able to handle the money as adults, and not tell the kids the details.
Yes, I wish that we could handle the issues as adults. My wife regularly tells the kids that they cannot have things because I don't give her enough money. I think that they are starting to figure out that I am paying far more money than is needed to meet their expenses.