We have points towards a $2 payout for small jobs.
Talking about this with the almost 10yo son, he recalls the time Peter gave them $20 each to spend at a toy shop. The eldest three bought crappy remote control cars, the youngest bought a plastic crane. The crane is the only survivor.
“One son, gathering all together, went abroad into a far country: and there wasted his substance, living riotously.” (Luke 15)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my children tell me they wish they could run away. Hearing that, of course, is upsetting, but if we’re honest, it makes a lot of sense and I blame myself. The life of a child usually stinks, especially when they are stuck in that miserable early teenage period of life and have adult desires that have no outlet in their lives. We, the parents, counting the cost of feeding, clothing, housing and educating them, think that they have a pretty good deal: do your studies, help around the house and don’t be a jerk and everything is provided for you. Our adult values, though, have developed after decades of living that our children haven’t known yet. We encourage frugality because we have…
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