Tuesday, July 13, 2010

we'll teach that boy a lesson.

we don't buy our kids things when we're in a store shopping. it's an unspoken rule. we basically NEVER go to the toy section of any store, because i just don't even want to deal with the asking, begging, whining about a bumblebee transformer that, "i need!". what? that you need to put in your overflowing toy box where you can't find anything anyway? um no. when i was kid we went door to door and sold rocks to our neighbors for fun, nkay layne? those were the good old days.
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but you can't avoid the end caps when you're about to check out at target. and there the row of movies were. for $5. layne immediately wanted the ninja turtle movie, and although i was slightly tempted to buy it for him, i remembered the rule. the rule is more important than seeing layne smile because he gets a movie. the rule is more important than appeasing my child and making him stop whining. which is his favorite pastime at this age. the rule is going to build some character in this child.

so instead of just saying NO to layne when he asked for the movie, i decided to "teach him a lesson". i told him he could save for the movie by doing chores around the house. he was delighted. look who's feeding the dog, taking his dishes to the sink, putting away his laundry(in the wrong drawers...whatever...it's the concept, people), and helping daddy with the lawn. it took him a month...ya, we nickled and dimed him a little...but he did it!
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the tipping point? he received some money by the hosts of a birthday party to go do an arcade game. the first thing he said, or YELLED, when he saw the money was, "look! it's money for my piggy bank!!" i was secretly proud even though everyone laughed.
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so the next day, we went to get the ninja turtle movie. which as it turns out, is not a cartoon. it's the real movie. rated PG. what? i was totally annoyed...nato watched it with him anyway. don't tell anyone.
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i'm excited about what he'll save for next. and i'm excited that this could lead to him saving for things like a car, or a house, or a wedding ring, OR my retirement home. what? whatever, when i'm old, i want layne to put me in a nice old folks home where they play games all day and take field trips. a girl can dream...

7 comments:

  1. Oh man I was a saver when I was little. All of my birthday money went right into my savings account. Now I have no idea what I was saving up for or what I bought with that money haha. Too cute!

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  2. we've used this idea with mason and it works awesome, but mya is another story... she really doesn't care about earning money. she'd rather do without then do work she doesn't want to do. she better find a sugar daddy when she grows up. no really, we'll teach her the "earning money" lesson someday. hopefully soon.:)
    love, jenn

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  3. LOVE it, that's what we want to do with Caleb. Character, appreciation, very important things :)

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  4. man, you really lucked out that ninja turtles was still on the $4.75 rack when he went back for it. that would have been quite the downer.

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  5. ya, i know...good thing it was $4.75... i had to scrounge around in my purse for an extra dime even with it on sale. daddy counted the money before we left and said we had enough. but he didn't include tax! hello...

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  6. we do this with haiden too.. although not so good about rewarding. we're like 'you've got a running tab hai'. like he gets that... and haiden's passin up theh small stuff too. so far he's trying to earn $ for the $130 remote controled buzz lightyear at target! right. that last for about a week.

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  7. LOL!!! I can't believe I helped Layne buy that dang movie!! That is too funny. I do the SAME thing, avoiding the toy section at all costs, and refusing to buy toys for no reason. Jay gets toys on his birthday & Christmas and that's plenty. He gets a free cookie from the bakery if he's good in the store. :) Maybe him and Layne can watch the movie together - the one with real people is a classic. ;)

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