Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
Enjoy EVERY moment in your wedding gown. You can't stay in it forever...SO UNFAIR!!!!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
My Son Is a Riot - How things are going with his allowance
Recently we have reintroduced the allowance in our home.
This was based on careful thought. My son has chores that he does in order to do his part at home. In the past when he has wanted to buy something, we have found other jobs that he can do and paid him according to those jobs. Now he is a sophmore in high school, and he is finding that he wants a little more pocket money. He also texts like a...like a...like a....well, like a teenager, and in order to have enough available texts, he has to pay the difference.
After hours of conversation and more hours of thought, I decided that if I am going to pay him to do extra chores steadily around the house, then he is going to do something that takes the load off of my back. So he now vacuums the house twice a week and does two hours of yard work a week. I picked the yard work because it gets him outside and doing something physical.
So far, Alex has done a great job. He vacuums on Wednesdays when he gets out of school early and then again on Saturday. The yard work he does on the weekend, and he usually takes his PSP with him and listens to pod casts while he works so time goes fairly quickly for him.
This does take 60 dollars out of my budget every month (15 a week), but on the bright side:
He is paying the difference for his upgraded texting. He is learning how to budget his money (even taking coupons with him to school). I don't have to vacuum or weed! He isn't asking me for money to go off campus with the guys. He is learning necessary household skills. When he wants to buy something when we are out, he checks his wallet and not me.
He is also learning how what one person does effects another person. The other day we were in the kitchen, and I was making a salad. A piece of lettuce that I was shredding hit the floor. "Are you going to pick that up?" he asked.
I looked at him and said "No. I'm making the salad, and I am not going to dirty my hands in order to pick that piece up. I'll get it when I am done."
"No mom, you need to get it now. Do you have any idea how dirty this kitchen floor gets if you just let these things go? I am always vacuuming up garbage off this floor."
I laughed so hard! Seriously! He is seeing how what one person does effects the next. He has always been good about putting his dishes in the sink and things like that, but he has been oblivious about dropping stuff on the floor (I have crunched my bare feet on many a potato chip thanks to his drop-and-leave habits). It was also just pretty funny hearing him sound like a mom. LOVED IT!
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