Duties of said room
Now, while I’m not Eldest’s room
I wanted to beat the crap out of Boy today. I wanted to make a fist – making sure my thumb wouldn’t get broken – and punch his lights out. He was talking like a weepy toddler talks, pretending to not understand what I was asking, putting on a show for a fellow difficult list mate, and generally just being such a…s*$#. [For the record, I would not have this reaction to a weepy toddler. This boy is 10 years old.]
And it was during that encounter that I stumbled upon how parents should assess what they should pony up for the end of the year gift. This is my top-of-mind thinking. I’m more than happy to take suggestions on how to improve it.
Everyone should start by assuming that the bare minimum they give toward the gift is $10. That’s the bare minimum. We’ve always done a lot more than that, but I realize everyone’s budgets and lifestyles are different. Here’s how the amount changes:
1. Volunteering in the class bi-weekly = Subtract $5
2. Only volunteering in the class at parties = Add $5
3. Volunteering to chaperone for cool field trips = Add $5
4. Volunteering to chaperone for crappy field trips = Subtract $2
5. Never volunteering to help in class = Add $15
6. Never bothering to respond to repeated calls for help in class = Add $10
7. Well behaved child in class = No change
8. Mischievous child in class = Add $10
9. One of the five worst behaved children in class = Add $50
10. Child prepared for class at least 90% of the time = No change
11. Child prepared for class between 75% and 90% of the time = Add $10
12. Child prepared for class less than 75% of the time = Add $25
How do I fall out on this? For both Eldest's and Daughter’s, my contribution should be $3.
Boy? That kid who I wanted to punch out? I believe his parents owe $115.