Who says you can’t print your own money? We can put that myth to rest today! Assuming you can accept the oxymoronic title of Co-Dictatorship; you can print your own money, hire your kids for way less than minimum wage, and charge them for things that they would have gotten for free.
Handsome hubby and I are very frugal. Maybe I should restate that, handsome hubby is frugal and I love a bargain. When it comes to shelling out the cash, his wallet is tighter than a spoiled clam. So when the boys began asking for allowance, we realized we had to come up with a creative way to incentive them without actually giving them cold hard cash.
My sister, who is one of those high achieving, home schooling moms, who cans, bakes from scratch, plays professional volleyball, teaches Bible Studies and has a six-pack at 39 (I know…right?…) told us about the sweet little activity she found in Family Fun Magazine. She printed a picture of her children on a dollar bill and presented it to them. They loved it. David and I looked at each other and began brewing a plan that I must say is simply, brilliant.
The design of our money predictably did not highlight a cute picture of our three boys. Instead, it features the Co-Dicators’ Portrait. We appropriately named our new currency the Goss Buck. We printed and carefully initialed (our version of a high-tech watermark) the freshly printed bills in an inconspicuous place to ensure their authenticity and discourage a Goss kid counterfeiting ring.
Now, the Goss Buck ain’t just any ordinary ducat. When I told one of our homeless friends about Goss Bucks, he began working on a conversion chart to determine how many Goss Bucks it would take to pay for a voyage on the Queen Mary II (true story which deserves a post of its own!)
Two nights ago, we unveiled the Goss Buck Valuation and Redemption Plan (GBVRP) for the 2013-2014 school year. We called the boys in for a family meeting and handed them each a GBVRP which outlined their individual daily duties and pay rate on the upper portion and a redemption chart on the lower portion of the sheet. Upon review, my oldest son, (who by-the-way once told us he wants to be just like Mr. Wonderful on the TV show Shark Tank) looked at us and declared, “these redemption items are a tad bit pricey.”
What, an eleven year old challenging our evaluation? No he didn’t! Need I say we were floored. What did he not understand about the word Co-Dictatorship? Never mind the fact that it only exists in our Flying Circus! As you may have imagined, his bravery in challenging our system led his brothers to chime in. “Yeah, and why can’t we add in a fishing trip?” “How many would it take for a trip to Sky High?” “Excuse me, you forgot to add screen time to the Redemption Chart.” My youngest and most observant son, Micah (7) said; “oh, and I would like to add a place for you to initial this daily when we finish our work so we ALL KNOW HOW MUCH YOU OWE US AT THE END OF THE WEEK.”
With our authority challenged and the good sense to be proud of our children’s ability to question the man (and woman). We caved in negotiations, added the fishing and Sky High trips as well as the table which we initial daily. We did however, hold firm to the omission of screen time. We’re ok with the fact that the 3 Bros Circus now includes a “kiddie” union because that makes our three boys Goss Bosses! Regardless of their seeming victory, always remember she who prints the money is still the Ringmaster!
Until next time…Fly high and dazzle ’em!
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