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Parental Dilemma #1

18 Feb

This will be the first in a series of posts focused on parental dilemmas that I encounter from time to time. In each instance the behavior of my kids will have both a negative overtone and a positive one and I’ll be trying, with your help, to determine which is the lessor of two evils.

In today’s installment, I came downstairs after family movie night to find the kids cleaning the kitchen.

Once I came to, I realized that it was well past their bed time.

So the dilemma: Reprimand them for being up past their bedtime or praise them for cleaning. Now, I knew and they knew, that their motivation was money. The eldest wanted a new e-book and had just created a chore list and a corresponding rate sheet per chore.

Regardless of the motivation, I took the stance of … “CLEANING?!!! You missed a spot!”

What would YOU do?

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2 responses to “Parental Dilemma #1

  1. debut dad

    February 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’d praise them for wanting to help with chores like cleaning and explain that cleaning the kitchen may have normally attracted say for example $6 but I will only pay out half of it because you need to reprimand them for staying up beyond bed time. Then I’d finish by encouraging them to only do chores during the day time because they can earn more pocket money that way 😛

     
  2. divorced dad

    February 20, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for the post debut dad. I think you’re right. Anytime you can focus on the positive it’s a win win.

     

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