Here’s a dad who understands the benefits of laying down the laws of the house when his child is still young and impressionable. Set the expectations then, and you’ll both be in better shape when the kid leaves for college.
If he wants a “treat” after dinner, his dad probably hands him some fruit. If he wants to stay up an extra 30 minutes to watch TV, dad probably fires up an episode of the most educational program he can find. And when he asks for an advance on his allowance, this is dad’s response:
That “history of not doing your chores” is a real ball-buster, especially since a 6-year-old’s chores can’t be all that strenuous (I imagine nobody is asking him to climb ladders to change burnt-out lightbulbs or to mow the lawn).
But the fact the Bank of Dad seems to know that the “dispute manager”—aka Mom—is likely to override his decision should make the customer feel a little better about the loan denial. Ideally, though, this letter puts him on notice that in order to receive his allowance, he needs to follow through on the tasks he’s expected to complete.
Also, if the kid can actually read that letter and understand its contents, he’s pretty damn smart and can probably can figure out how to circumvent the laws laid down by his dad to get what he wants anyway.
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