A little history here: about 4 weeks ago Skippy was swinging a yo-yo ball around in the house. I had repeatedly told him to stop swinging it because he was going to break something. A few minutes later I hear glass shattering in the dining room. I look out there and sure enough, he has clobbered the light fixture with the yo-yo ball and broke one of the glass light covers and the lightbulb. In my finest “Love and Logic” moment ever, I did not yell at him! I told him to clean up the glass while I looked on line to see what it would cost to replace that fixture. It was determined that $12.50 was the replacement value and I sent him to get me his wallet. He had $2.44 in his wallet, so I took it all and started a running tally of monies owed to me for the replacement of the light fixture. Over the past month he pulled weeds and vacuumed my car for $5 to add to his repayment. This past weekend, his dad challenged him to climb to the top of a rock wall and the reward was a buck. As soon as he got home he gave me the dollar a payment towards his debt; bringing the balance owed down to $4.06.
This morning as we were rushing to get out the door I asked Skippy to help me by either A) getting Scoop’s shoes on him or B) switching the laundry from the washer to the dryer. He chose the laundry. Pretty soon I hear him hootin and hollerin something about a Starbucks card. Immediately I knew that he had found MY starbucks gift card that I had mistakely left in the pocket of my shorts on Sunday, but the rule in in our house is that if you find money (or other valuables) while doing the laundry then it belongs to you (within reason!)………..so Skippy was then the proud owner of a Starbucks gift card with $4.01 on it.
He then remembers his debt to me and offers up his newly found windfall as final payment. I accept. And am now in possession (once again) of MY $4.01 Starbucks card and he is once again a debt free 8 year old.