There was 3 empty Easter egg boxes
I asked my 11 year old to take them out to the recycling bin
He answered “how much”
I thought he was kidding!!!!
I said ” 5 cent”
He answered ” 10″
I came back with “8”
He said “9”
” done” i finnished
He proceeded to take the boxes, whilst whistling a tune out to the bin ….
I chuckled to myself …. Thinking we just shared a giggle…..
…… Until he came back and said
“Will I get your purse” !!!!!!!!!!
…… I had no comeback at that stage as I had gone along with It, so I counted out 9 cent and placed it into his hand. Victory beaming from his eyes!
Look, I’m sure a lot of parents have strict regiments about chores etc..
…. We are learning as we go, and quite often I enjoy the kids free spirit!….
I worry now that I won’t get anything done without talking cash!!
I know, it’s only coppers now, but I’m worried about fostering an attitude that I’ll find difficult to turn back from!
The upside? … is that it makes him so happy to be in a position of negotiation!
I’m tossing it around in my mind the thin line between him learning about money and power of negotiation etc ….
……and creating a pre- teen who thinks he doesn’t do anything without bribery!!!!
Suggestions and thoughts pleeeeaase!
ps: he looooves Sheldon from ‘the big bang theory’ as per image