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2021-11-12 5:50:35 AM  
Kid has a fire tablet. It's set to allow an hour a day and then it just stops. Sure beats me having to tell him "ok, that's enough time," and the inevitable "but da-ad!".
 
2021-11-12 6:44:06 AM  
I used to make my kids write contracts when they wanted to trade things.  I got so tired of "we traded, it's mine now!" "Nuh uh! Daddy, make her give it back!"

Where's the contract.

The funniest was my 7 year old, chasing my 5 year old with a sheet of paper and a magic marker, and aggressively screaming "Sign it!  Sign it!"

"You will stay out away from my toys. Signed _______"

At least one of my kids has a bright future in debt collections.
 
2021-11-12 6:57:47 AM  

Izunbacol: I used to make my kids write contracts when they wanted to trade things.  I got so tired of "we traded, it's mine now!" "Nuh uh! Daddy, make her give it back!"

Where's the contract.

The funniest was my 7 year old, chasing my 5 year old with a sheet of paper and a magic marker, and aggressively screaming "Sign it!  Sign it!"

"You will stay out away from my toys. Signed _______"

At least one of my kids has a bright future in debt collections.


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2021-11-12 7:25:05 AM  

Izunbacol: I used to make my kids write contracts when they wanted to trade things.  I got so tired of "we traded, it's mine now!" "Nuh uh! Daddy, make her give it back!"

Where's the contract.

The funniest was my 7 year old, chasing my 5 year old with a sheet of paper and a magic marker, and aggressively screaming "Sign it!  Sign it!"

"You will stay out away from my toys. Signed _______"

At least one of my kids has a bright future in debt collections.


Better debt than repos. Hope your kid loves guns.
 
2021-11-12 7:46:24 AM  
The nice thing about contracts is that electronic devices have trained kids to skip to the end and sign. You can put anything in there.
 
2021-11-12 7:46:42 AM  
You know what else kids are capable of understanding. A good thrashing with a belt.

/sarcasm
 
2021-11-12 8:09:29 AM  
So what is your recourse when the kid breaks the contract?  Do you haul him in front of Judge Judy?  I think I know which party would be excoriated.
 
2021-11-12 8:16:44 AM  

Izunbacol: I used to make my kids write contracts when they wanted to trade things.  I got so tired of "we traded, it's mine now!" "Nuh uh! Daddy, make her give it back!"

Where's the contract.

The funniest was my 7 year old, chasing my 5 year old with a sheet of paper and a magic marker, and aggressively screaming "Sign it!  Sign it!"

"You will stay out away from my toys. Signed _______"

At least one of my kids has a bright future in debt collections.


Or international trade negotiations.
 
2021-11-12 8:22:11 AM  
I just told my kids the way things were going to be.  I also told them, they could convince me I was wrong, with words, logic and clever reasoning, but not with tears and tantrums.  Then I taught my kids about words, logic and reasoning.  Then I listened to them, and would make a new decision if I was swayed.

As they got older, they got more responsibility and freedom from my rules, because they no longer needed the rules that applied to small children.  I was always thrilled when they worked out a way around one of my rules, because they earned it, worked out a better solution on their own.

Putting it down on paper?  Hell no.
 
2021-11-12 11:44:20 AM  
We used to write contracts for our allowances - what we'd do for how much per week.  Wash or dry dishes, take out the garbage, vacuum or dust or whatever.  Worked okay because there were four of us and would enforce each other's contracts.  Until they just became either routine or forgotten, anyway.
 
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