A little while back I talked about a conversation Julie and I had with our oldest son, Caleb. The story goes that Keith, our 2nd oldest, asked for an allowance after a fun, but hot, trip to the park. See, big brother was talking about buying himself a drink at the gas station using his well-earned allowance. Well, Keith wanted a piece of the action too! So, he asks, 'Daddy, can I get an allowance?' I answered by telling him Mumma and I would think about setting some chores aside for him. That drew a quick and concerned question from Caleb, 'If you're giving him allowance and you tell me that money is tight, then will that affect my allowance?' Jokingly I answered that we might be able to save some money by going with cheaper services--chores--from Keith, likening it to your city or village services.
Well, wouldn't you know that Caleb outsmarted me...
HE is paying Keith and our youngest daughter Emelia a small allowance out of HIS own pocket for services they do for him. His example was and I quote "...like if I have to bring my plate into the kitchen but I don't want to get up, I'll have them do it."
Nice... He's contracting out his work! Think about it-- he doesn't like sweeping the floor? Have Keith do it!
My question is, will there be a bidding war when Daddy wades into the chores pool with the littler kiddos?