" I want to make some money for candy!" says as my youngest as she storms into our room at 7:15 am in the morning bolting open the door.
My first thought is WHY THE FUCK are you awake right now on a Saturday morning? I almost always have to wake you for school each morning to get you there on time. Seriously child!?
"I will shovel the snow for 18 dollars, deal?" she's quite confident and was almost telling me as a matter a fact!
"Bahahaha, Ahh... NO!" I reply like I'm bartering with a street vendor in Mexico. "5 dollars, take it or leave it"!
"Fine, but that's not going to buy me enough candy!" as she jumps into my arms in bed.
Here's the thing, I don't pay for chores. They make their beds, clean bathrooms, vacuum, dishwasher, garbage etc. and it's all part of life without being paid for it! Helping out allows them to enjoy the OTHER amazing things that we provide for them, like going to Mexico this spring break (hence why she wants some cash to buy candy for the flight). Doing life chores that are skills they will need to have as an adult should not be "paid" to accomplish.
But I will pay you for "other chores" such as picking up other peoples inconsiderate dog poopings left on our lawn! And, in this case, shovelling snow! I also pay for grades because, for me, this is your real job for the next 10+ years.
Hard work never hurt anyone and I love her spirit to make money because she's also asked to remove the poop for cash! YUK but good for you here's the gloves and a shovel, go make that poop rain on the street! I feel this is a character trait that not many kids have these days, a willingness to do the job, good old fashion grit. So I was proud of the high price initial offer and the will to get it done! I might tip her with a little extra for her entrepreneurial spirit!
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