Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Last week was a long week....always one who has her finger dabbling in something... I am currently working 2 part time jobs. As I have told you before being a school nurse pays peanuts, I am rich in many ways because of the time I get to spend with my children. From a financial stand point...well plain and simple it bites.
I have a couple of big ticket items in mind...and being the stubborn person I am ...I have decided that I am going to fund them myself and not ask Hondo to help.
So last week I worked after school every night to include Saturday. I am BEAT!
The kids stepped up as expected and believe or not...every person was nurished, bathed, had clean clothes and no one came and condemed the house. Not to say that there were not a few little hiccups but in the grand scheme of things ..this Mom is not complaining.
We institued a new phase of the "letter" last week. NEVER being parents who believed in allowance...we had to do something about the hand outs that are never ending in a house this size. Plus...well...they just have been so helpful that we figured they earned it. So Sunday night is now "payday" for tribe. There is no set amount...although we have to keep it reasonable or we would have to take a second mortage. The rules are simple...the pay varies for each child and week to week, you must use it for all the extras you want (jewelry, candy, school dances etc), no one is monitoring how you spend it but you are encouraged to save for a rainy day, and if you discuss your salary you are fired.
Seemed to go well for the most part. Like most teenagers it is burning a hole in thier pocket. Allie who has been saving for a while has decided she wants to pierce her belly button (something that makes Hondo green and stutter everytime she mentions it) and the boys were seen flying through the cul-de-sac with a Publix bag filled with candy. Hey its thier money and they are not asking us for it!
It may never be easy but it will always be worth it.