By JLP | March 24, 2008
My boys are becoming men.
Last weekend I bought a new self-propelled Honda lawnmower with the intent of teaching my oldest son how to mow. He was quite excited about getting to mow for the first time. It took him a couple of laps to get used to the mower. The first couple of rows it looked like the mower was dragging him around the yard becuase he didn’t know how to control the self-propelled throttle. While mowing he asked me, “Is this the kind of fun that wears off?” LOL!
Anyway, he did such a good job that I decided to let his younger brother give it a try. He did a great job too so now I have two lawn dudes! I have to say it was quite nice being able to edge and trim while one of the boys mows. I could definitely get used to this!
All of this leads me to a question for AFM readers:
I’m thinking no for the following reasons:
1. They each get a pretty generous allowance of $10 per week.
2. They don’t have a lot of chores in the first place.
3. I don’t want them to grow up thinking that they should get paid for helping out around the house.
That said, I’m still a bit torn. If I do end up paying them for mowing the yard, I may cut back on their allowance but pay them extra for mowing.
I’d like to know your thoughts on the topic.