I thought my teenaged boys had grown too old and sophisticated for Mommy Dollars. "Mommy Dollars" sounds like something for little kids, right? And the boys sure loved them when they were younger. Fun. Educational. But not quite up to teenaged standards of cool, or so I thought.
But the boys -- particularly J-son -- keep asking for Mommy Dollars to come back. He wants bling to stuff in his pockets. My magpie child wants to be able to flash cash, even if the cash is pink and purple and orange. And N-son would be happy to go along.
So, to much hullabaloo, Mommy Dollars are back.
There's a slightly new design, to thwart any attempts to subvert the new system with old Mommy Dollars. But the design of the dollars still celebrates the members of our family. The sisters are all proud to have their faces on valuable currency. The dog is indifferent.
The Mommy Dollar system kicks in with a new set of ways to earn moolah (and also, to keep interruptions to a minimum, when to bug me for cash):
$1 feed dog and give him water and tell Mom right away
$2 make bed & clean bedroom floor before school
$5 make dinner (Mom must approve the menu)
$1-$3 write a letter to a relative
$1 bring home school books (CA, Social studies, science)
$1 clean out backpack and hang it up
$1 bedroom floor clean
$1 brush and floss teeth
$5 half-hour of TV time
$8 One US dollar. Redeemable only on Saturdays 5-6 p.m.
$1 Bedtime gummy vitamin
$2 (per mile) car ride to an appointment
$1 return phone late (every 10 minutes late, another dollar)
$1 buy back shoes/clothes you leave on the first floor
$8 leave light/radio until morning
I know we'll tweak this as we go along. But I'm excited to have this fun new project swirling around in our home now.