When First Born was four, I began to teach him that he shouldn't expect to be given things unless it was for his birthday or Christmas. When we would pass the toy section of a store, he would point at something and ask, "Momma, can I have that?"
"Do you have the money to buy it?"
"No, momma," he would answer.
"Honey, I am sorry, but no. Put it on your wish list or you can save your money."
"Okay," he would respond sullenly.
Eventually, the BB Boys learned not to ask for anything. Now, they say, "Hey, we really want that. How much is it, mom?"
"10 dollars," I answer, changing the value as necessary.
"Okay, we have $5 already, we need $5 more. What can we do to earn that money?"
I came downstairs after taking a shower this morning and found the BB Boys conjuring up a plan.
"How about we set up an apple juice stand?"
They took my apple napkins and set them across a small red table. Then, First Born made a sign and taped it into place. They stood beside the table and waved at cars as they passed by. Soon they made their first dollar.
It fueled their little entrepreneurial hearts and taught them a valuable lesson. Maybe I am doing something right.
|Now, if only I could get Middle Child to wear matching clothes!!|