Following the Newt Gingrich child labor plan, we have put Sissy to work as a janitor. Being fairly poor, we felt that it was time for her to abandon her studies and actually start contributing something to the family that would be of use. COLD HARD CASH.
Shit…I mean…Sissy has started earning an allowance. (NOT child labor. Really. Just forget what I said before…*Blink*…*Blink*)
Wifey has picked up a small job cleaning my parent’s office building once a week and Sissy helps her. For her efforts she receives cash money in the amount of $5 per week. And by receives I mean that we earmark her money in our bank account so that she doesn’t blow it on useless garbage like candy or cheap toys. Or annoying dolls/stuffed animals (I’m still pissed at that damn bear.) So for the last several weeks Sissy has been racking her brain trying to come up with the big-ticket item that she can spend her hard-earned dough on.
Her choice? An iPhone.
Riiiight. Like she has people to call. I think my former students and my children’s grandparents would quickly tire of getting daily calls from a 7-year-old. That idea received a definitive “NO!”
So we compromised (teaching life lessons, see? Rock star parenting.) She could purchase an iPod touch with her money if she saved up enough of her earnings. Sissy got online and researched the costs. She might be able to find one for as low as $189, depending on sales, and with tax she needs to save around $210. With the amount she’s already earned she figured that she has to save for about 8 months in order to make her purchase.
Earned so far: $35. Left to earn: $175. Weeks until iPod touch purchase: 35.
The countdown has begun.