See, I woke up to a living room of mass chaos.
Trash Pack Kids. Matchbox Cars. Legos. Crayola Twistables. Superheroes.
JD’s stuff consumed our entire living room.
I felt like I was standing still and the room was spinning around in black and white. All of his stuff seemed to be gleaming in neon, though.
Ugh, I felt so dizzy, closed in and overwhelmed.
“Dude, clean up your stuff. All of these toys on this floor have a place. You have one hour to get this room super-duper clean!” I said. “Be mommy’s special helper!”
JD looked at me not with confusion or frustration, but with … excitement. I didn’t even mention money. All I mentioned was “Special Helper!” It was like a game or challenge. He dug it.
“Like the weather helper?” he said. “Or the lunchtime napkin helper? Or the broom cleaner or line leader?”
“Yes,” I said. “Exactly.”
JD’s teacher has classroom helpers and at this age, JD doesn’t find these tasks, chores, but more as something special, cool and standout.
I didn’t much notice JD cleaning up. I was drinking coffee, doing laundry, making beds and unloading the dishwasher. Soon an hour had gone by.
“Mom-meeeeeee! LOOK!” JD said. “TA-DA!” Kid cleaned the entire living room. Every toy found a place. The couch blankets were folded. The pillows were tossed perfectly: Floral, black, floral, black.
I was so taken aback. I whipped out my wallet and a crisp … dollar bill. Big spender.
“This is your allowance. You did a great job and you deserve a paycheck. Once a week, you’ll do a big cleaning and I will pay you an allowance. A whole dollar!” I said.
“WOW!” JD said.
Next thing I knew he was asking if he could take the empty pizza box to the recycling room in our building on our floor. Kid earned an extra quarter! Score!
In addition to his allowance, we cozied up to some movies too! He deserved a little R&R after all.
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