Last night I was saying my good nights to Aaron. He was busy playing a game on his computer, so I went in his room to make sure his clothes were laid out for the next day. I gave him a hug goodnight, and told him that I wanted him to do better tomorrow morning about getting off the computer to get ready to leave for his group.
A few minutes later he was getting his bed ready for the night and I went back into his room to say goodnight one more time. As I walked out he said, “Hey Mom! If I get off the game good in the morning, can you give me some money?”
Well, Aaron Daniel! No! I do NOT give you money for good behavior that’s expected of you!
And he replied, “Oh, come on. Can’t we make a deal?”
No deal, Aaron!
So this morning he did a very good job of leaving his game, getting his shower taken, and all his other morning expectations. As I walked by the bathroom and saw him finishing up with brushing his teeth, I said, “Good job, Aaron!”
He looked up and said, “Can I have a dollar?”
I’m not sure yet if I should admire his opportunism or be a little worried.