Delaney wants Halo Wars, the new game about Halo. The other day he asked Tia while I was in Seattle if we'd advance him some allowance. She told him to wait and talk to me, and when I got back, I told him "no." I said that he needed to earn the money somehow, either wait for allowance to build up or do some work for Tia. Something to learn what it takes to get money and how hard it is.
So last week he did some work for Tia, and he had some money, but he was still short. He asked today again for Halo Wars, and I said "no" again and both Tia and I said we were a little disappointed that he didn't want to work. So 30 or 40 minutes later he bucked up and went outside, got on the ATV, and spread some manure and harrowed out the arena for an hour or so. That got him to the $60 he needed for the game.
Then he came out and said the "map pack", which was something he wanted, wasn't in the regular edition, only the Limited one. It was $20 more and he was sad again. I talked a bit about either waiting longer, or working more. I didn't think there was anything he could do, and he accepted that. As we were packing up, I remembered I have some points and money at Best Buy, so we checked, and sure enough there was $15 in certificates there. I printed them off for Delaney and he got motivated. He ran outside for another 30-45 minutes and shoveled some manure for Tia so that he could get another $5 and get his game.
Good to see him working for things.