Last week Caleb came home from school telling me (very excitedly) that his school was having a chocolate-selling fundraiser and that I MUST sign the permission slip so that he could sell chocolate bars. So I signed the slip and the next day Caleb brought home a box with 25 chocolate bars. I think Caleb was a bit confused about the purpose of a fundraiser because he immediately began asking if he could eat the chocolate. I had to explain to him (several times) that the box of chocolate bars was for him to SELL not to EAT...unless he had $2 to purchase a bar. Of course, he wanted me to buy the chocolate so he could eat it. I said no, and decided this would be a good motivator for him to do some simple chores and earn money to buy his own chocolate bar. The boy was begging me for chores he could do: "Mom, please! I want to do some chores!"
One chore I had him do was get his own bed ready for the night. This is something that I always do and every night I ask myself: "Why are you doing this? Caleb should be doing this. It's not my bed...why am I getting it ready for Caleb!?" The truth is that I do A LOT of things for Caleb (and Benjamin too) that he could do on his own. I just do it because I can do it faster.
The best part was Caleb saying: "Wow, this is harder than it looks!"
Caleb is very particular about how things are placed in his bed. He likes his toys in a certain spot, his pillow in a certain spot with Woody and Buzz facing out, and he likes his little blankets in a certain spot. I used to think this was weird but it turns out that Benjamin is the same way so I've decided that all kids are weird and really all of us have a little bit of OCD to some extent.
I also had Caleb make his bed in the morning (again, something he should be doing anyway).
It was tough for him but he did it and he actually did a pretty good job. :)
We also had Caleb set the table, put up his clothes, and he even helped me pooper scoop the back yard!! By yesterday afternoon, he had earned enough money to buy a chocolate bar.
(holding up his hard earned cash)
He doesn't look happy at all does he?
The coveted chocolate bar in hand.
Enjoying the fruits (or chocolate) of his labor.
So if any of you local peeps want to buy some chocolate (i.e-grandparents), let Caleb know. They are $2 a bar and Caleb would tell you that they are delicious!