Saturday afternoon my daughter and I were out of town shopping. After a while, one of my boys called - Jacob, the 14 year old. It seems he needs some money....he's saving for something big. He asked if he could clean the refrigerator for $50.00. I told him that was too steep, but that he could clean the inside fridge and the garage fridge and we agreed on $35.00. He said he would clean until I got home on other things, too, if that was okay. I assured him he wouldn't be able to clean that long because we wouldn't be home until late, but I agreed to pay him for his "above and beyond" services.
Typically we don't pay our children for routine household chores. We just believe that comes with being part of a family - and being part of a busy family - that we all work together to make everything better. But this was different because it was cleaning/organizing/straightening...so I agreed with the pay being negotiable.
When my daughter and I got home late Saturday night, this note was taped on the outside of the garage door, so that I would be sure to see it! $73.00 was my invoice bill!!!! WOW! "He must have cleaned up really good," I thought! Well, he worked hard and I could tell he had. Not sure it was worth $73.00, but my husband is softer on things like that that I would be alone, so this time I agreed to the payment. I should have taken off for spelling errors!! :) I did tell Jacob that next time I would be really strict about the "cleaning" part. He needs some instructions on that part!
Anyway, it sure was fun seeing this note waiting for me - knowing he had worked so hard to save for something. I can tell he's grown up because at about 12-13, he wouldn't have cared to try to do that at all. I see a business man in the future, I think! It will be fun to show him this note when he's got children of his own!
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