Last week I introduced pocket money. I had tried this two years ago when I was working – unmitigated disaster. I spend twice the normal amount on kids magazines, sweets and donuts.
But this time I am with them all the time and can hammer home, er I mean positively reinforce the benefits of pocket money.
So I am going a wee bit overboard to get the point across. I gave Charlie €1 for reading the shopping list, picking up and putting in the trolley, loading on to the conveyor belt, packing bags and returning the trolley to the bay! Phew! It was 100 times better than any shopping trip ever!
I also gave them the euro equivalent of their ages on a Friday – after a week of general helping, tidying and getting dressed quickly.
Yesterday we went to Tesco looking for Moshi Monsters magazine. Normally there would be at least two UN independent observers on a covert mission. But yesterday as he ran through the list of all the things he wanted- I helped him calculate how much he would have left- suddenly the purchases weren’t so necessary!
We left Tesco having bought nothing! If this keeps up they may very well revoke my Club Card!
Next to the book shop – Easons – where again they had no said magazine? I waited in anticipation of the breakdown…..nothing?
Charlie then asked if he could go to Build A Bear- fine, I said but remember you only have €10 so be sure you only pick what you can afford.
After dinner (late night shopping) he phoned the store to check their closing time, and off we set.
He spent ages comparing costs, thinking what ‘occasions’ his bear could wear said outfit to.
He parted with his hard earned cash, and as a treat I took them both to Butlers Irish Chocolate for the best hot chocolate (outside Italy said Charlie).
So positives of redundancy? I would have caved in to every demand, and could never have hammered, er I mean positively reinforced the immense benefits of pocket money 🙂