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February 11, 2014

A week or so ago, Alistair had a little meltdown because we wouldn’t buy him an iPad.

Never mind the minor detail that he’s got a Samsung tablet (a nice one, too).  Plus nearly unlimited access to the family computer.  Not to mention the wild assortment of game systems in this house.

“But everyone I know has an iOS device except me!”  He pouted.

If there is one thing I cannot tolerate, it is a lack of appreciation.

So after spending some time in his room to think about it, we had a little family meeting and decided that it was time for him to earn his own money.

He now is responsible for feeding the cat twice a day, clearing the dishes at family meals (during the week it’s just dinner, but on the weekends it’s every meal we eat together), and keeping his room clean.  Oh, and brushing his teeth twice a day without a battle (this has long been a bone of contention).

On days he completes all tasks, he gets a $1 credit.  On days he fails to complete even one of the tasks, he gets nothing – this is an all-or-nothing system.  A tantrum of any size or landing in timeout also results in a $0 credit for the day, even if all the tasks are complete.  Payday is every Friday after dinner.

Bonus payments are also available randomly at my/Larry’s discretion.  For instance, last week I offered him a bonus $1 on the snow day for keeping himself and his brother occupied while I worked, and it was a fuss-free week, so he earned a total of $8.

But then on Saturday he pitched a fit over I can’t remember what, so he forfeited the daily credit – now the most he can earn for the week is $6.  He’s still pretty bummed about that.

On Sunday he asked how long it would take before he saved up enough money for an iPad mini.  “One year and one month” was the answer.

He thought about that for a minute, and said “Actually, I think I’ll save my money for something else.  My tablet is just fine, really.”

Ah, the wonders of perspective.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2014 3:20 pm

    My 6-year-old recently discovered that she could buy 4 “Springfield” dolls for the price of 1 American Girl doll. Suddenly, the power of that money seemed amazing! How many beanie babies could I get? 20! How many packs of gum? 60! Her final decision? To save up for a convertible.

  2. Patty permalink
    February 21, 2014 11:55 am

    Love this system!

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