Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Make teens work for their phones

Teenagers are in love with their phones. But getting the latest can get spendy for Mom and Dad.

An eighth grader profiled in the WSJ, Sept 17, 2014, wanted an iPhone and his parents, deciding it would help with school work, said OK, but you have to do more to get it.

The youngster did yard work occasionally, but this was upped to weekly requirements. These  included collecting trash and putting out the cans, cleaning the parrot's cage, stacking firewood, cutting down saplings, and other tasks.

I didn't get this, though--because they paid him in addition to the phone and matched what he put in his college fund.

This was sure no kid working on a farm before and after school!

I guess the kid's doing anything around the house was considered a plus. How about babysitting any sibs, loading and unloading the dishwasher, putting away groceries, cleaning the basement or garage, walking the dog, vacuuming, making dinner now and then?

I guess that parrot is a pretty mean guy.


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