I Got Paid to Go To Church

If I hadn’t been such a brat growing up I could have made a lot of money going to church.

My dad made me sign contracts for almost any big life step: getting a driver’s license, getting a car, going to college, going to graduate school….it was a way of laying out everything that was expected of my siblings and I. These contracts also outlined all of the consequences if I didn’t follow the rules.  I never had to guess what would happen if I made the wrong decisions.

My parents bought me a car when I was 16 years old and we had a lengthy contract for that. A few favorite excerpts:

I will read the owners manual completely.
At least this was before there were separate 400 page manuals for the navigation system.

Only family pets will be allowed inside the car.
Just in case I decided to start carpooling people’s pets around?

A third speeding ticket will result in three week suspension.
That was actually an amendment my mother wrote in. I got a pass on the first two because no one wanted to drive me to school every morning.


Once I got caught drinking underage and it resulted in a new contract just for underage drinking. My favorite part of that contract was that my dad wrote:

Parent Teen Contract via and


I love the “only if you want to” part.

Would you ever pay your kid to go to church? I mean, only if they wanted to go right?

Would you ever have your kid sign a contract? Or maybe you already have? I’m thinking of putting one together for my 5-year-old just around what’s expected of her right now.


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