Monday, April 21, 2008

Lawnmowing and Guitar Hero

Lawnmowing and Guitar Hero

This weekend began a summer tradition that continues to make me proud of my older son, Duncan. He never really wants to start mowing lawns but once he gets a taste of the money, he does it - but not always without some complaints.

Two weeks ago I ordered a part from Sears to fix our lawnmower. The cable that goes from the handle to the motor and operates the safety-oriented "kill switch" that most mowers have now broke at the end of last year's mowing season. No one even pretends to carry that item in stock (not even Sears). So last week it comes in and I fix the mower. That means last weekend was the first weekend Duncan could earn money.

He made $40 dollars that we immediately went out and spent on a Guitar Hero controller for the X-Box 360. He actually owes me the money from one more lawn ($20) but he's good for it. In the past he's raised enough money to buy his own X-Box 360, Nintendo DS, his latest Desktop computer and his latest laptop computer. He's also purchased a variety of video games and at least one year on X-Box live. I think it's taught him the value of money and the effort it takes to get it. He also has to learn to hold onto money and not spend it on whatever. He's pretty good about it when he's saving for a goal.


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