Originally Posted by supervee
heh heh! I'm envisioning a self-perpetuating machine: do extra chores for $, buy maze book, do mazes, do extra chores...
I know you're partially joking, but it's a great idea, actually. I could definitely get into that...but so far, he has not been terribly receptive to the idea of doing chores for money. I have, on occasion, raised the possibility of "allowance" and compared it to the way I work and get paid for the job I do. He has, thus far, been uninterested. He does save his money from birthdays and holidays, so he has plenty (in a Ziploc bag
). But in terms of "using" chores to keep him busy, I am afraid we aren't there yet. We haven't purchased maze book 2 yet, and this morning, he's into magic tricks, so that's good.
The real answer to how to keep them busy? CAMP!
Ds has been at daycamp for 6 weeks, from 9 am- 3:30 pm each weekday. Since he wakes up by 5:45 each morning, we still have plenty of "free" time in our day. And after camp, we go to the pool, or to the beach, or a friend's house, or the book store. But if he wasn't at camp for that big chunk of the day, I really could never
keep him busy enough. Unfortunately, we finish camp tomorrow.
It is just tooooo expensive to continue through the summer, and theoretically
, I do like the idea of some unstructured weeks before the beginning of school. Let's see if I can survive!