This morning was the last parenting class.
I have enjoyed it.
I learned today that work, money and service opportunities are crucial for kids.
Lots of times, a child's first experience with money will shape their future monetary dealings.
So we are going to make a better effort at giving the children resposibilites that earn rewards, and not necessarily the kind of rewards that come with dollar signs.
I need simplicity.
www.myjobcharts.com offers that for me.
Another note about how much money a kid can or should be responsible for:
$1 per year old per week (or 2 weeks).
And that money should become the basis for savings and spending.
Money management is a really hard concept to teach, but super important.
In a minute the kids will be walking in.
It was a little bit of a rough morning.
They came in about 11ish last night and most had projects due today.
All finished their work, but it took the better part of a rushed morning.
I am really thankful that for the most part, the kids are so willing to help.
I love my time with them.
I missed them this weekend,
but I was able to make some good changes that will have a long lasting effect.
Dan and the kids are having a bit of a hard time with their new found ownership of responsibility, but overall, I believe that it's worth the struggles.
The thing I found most remarkable about dealing with kids is the fact that they are universally predictable.
It's not just kids, it's human nature.
We want to look for someone to blame when things are hard or don't go our way.
We want an excuse.
Since excuses went out of style in 2011, it's best that we learn to adapt and overcome.
With that said,
I have to make dinner.
The washing machine broke after my marathon laundry day.
I am going to see if I can fix that while the pasta boils.
(And I just found the luckiest half full container of blue Gatorade. Can we do this? Yes we can :)
I wasn't fast enough with the Gatorade :(
I fixed the washer all by myself
(well Dan looked up the error code)
But I did it!
It's the most empowering thing I've done all year!
The drain hose was full of sludge.
It's always smelled kind of funny (I bought it used)
I hauled that washer right over to the sink and flushed out the sludge.
It was grosser than cleaning out the hamster cage (I did that yesterday).
And I did it.
And it works.
I don't have to worry about being reduced to tears again by the malfunction of a household appliance.
The children are picking up now and marking jobs off their job list.
I told them how a blind, but knowing, Grab Basket magically grows feet and arms and goes around acquiring their forgotten and misplaced items.
No Zombie #4, it does not "steal" your stuff.
When you leave your things out, it's like bequeathing them to a friend, or separate entity if you will.
Note from a happy mama: Colin pinned a guy and also lost by points in his second match to the same kid who pinned him last week. Way To Go, son. I love to watch you, and winning feels awesome.
Eyore Zombie: The world is a happy, good place. The new system will work....or I might get rich trying. Haha....I'm laughing WITH you.
Well that's it for this day. It was an overall, sludgy success.
It's time for bed. I can't wait!!