10 Check homework list daily
10 Finish homework
10 Backpack ready for next day
10 PE form submitted
10 Ready for school at 6:50am with hair brushed
-An overall grade of F in any subject will cancel all entertainment (video games, extra-curricular activities, TV) until brought up.
-Wii points are used in 30 minute increments.-Wii points can be exchanged for TV time. 30 Wii points = 1 half hour episode.
I bought the wii console, or at least, I ordered it on Amazon. It is used and comes with the controllers for 2 people and wii sports. I told my nephew that I was going to wait until after Christmas to order it but I found a reasonable deal and wanted to check it off my to-do list so I bought it now. If it comes before Christmas I will wrap it up as a gift for me and wrap up the game as a gift for him. If it doesn't show up before Christmas then that is ok too.
My nephew, like many 13 year olds, is not interested in school work so I am trying to provide enough incentives to make him interested. Hiring a tutor worked out well for my sanity this semester. I hope to continue that next semester. Transportation is going to be my biggest headache. I found some horseback riding lessons that will pick him up from school and drop his off after I get out of work. I'm going to try that out for the first month. I don't want to have to leave work early to pick him up from school. Even though my boss is semi-accommadating, I don't want to use up all of my special favors right away.
Money is pouring out of my wallet this month. My budget is in a free-fall. When we get some sort of routine together I will try to figure out my goals. Right now my goal is to have a happy household again and some organization and control of my life.
My nephew is a free-spirit. Definitely a spender. He told me that everyone should be able to do what they want, then everyone would be happy. I told him that he will re-think that statement when he gets a little more life experience. We went in to Big Lots the other day to buy a gift for a gift exchange. He insisted that he needed a 4 port USB attachment for his computer. I asked him why but he couldn't give me a reason other than wanting it so I said no. We went to the grocery store next so that I could buy the ingredients for fudge. He asked me why I have so much money (I assume he asked that because he sees me buy a lot of groceries). I said that I have a job. He wanted to know how much I make an hour so I told him and then told him how much comes out for taxes and retirement. Then I started listing my bills. He wanted to know why I have to pay the bank if I own my house. I explained how a mortgage worked and he wanted to know why I didn't just pay it off. Um, because I don't have $72k to spare.
I hope he got something out of the conversation. There was a lot more that I would like him to understand but, you know, the attention span of a 13 yr old isn't that long. I'm glad he was interested enough to ask. I definitely intend to have him earn the money for his hobbies. That will help him learn how to budget, I hope. I don't want him to think I am a money tree. His carefree attitude makes me think he will have to learn many lessons the hard way instead of learning from other people's mistakes. I hope I can help him learn these thing early on. Of course, if I move to a tiny cabin on my property in 5 years then he won't be living in my basement when he's 30. I must have a plan to launch this little birdy out of the nest. All in good time. Getting through the 8th grade is my first priority.