My fiance's son is 7 years old and SPOILED ROTTEN!!
Not by us though!! by his mother!!
- has not held a job longer than a couple months... since Bry*(names changed) was born!!!...oh... and her income... my fiances child support
- doesn't feed him well (KD & cab rides to McDonalds constitute as a regular 'real meal') which results in fits and hungry tummy's at our house...
- has a toy, or present waiting for him every other Sunday when he gets home from our house
-etc. (the list is impossibly long) this is only the tip of the iceburg
ANYWAYS... the kids expects EVERYTHING!!!
How can we really reinforce the value of a dollar... when his mother spoils him to death!! and there is no reasoning with her, so we dont even bother trying. She's brain dead!!!
He's done the Chore thing... and when he spends his allownace money, he puts up a fit when he only gets petty change in return for his bills. Eventually he just stopped doing them and wont even do it for money... He even wants to be given allowance money for brushing his teeth!!! (which need $1500 worth of work thanks to his moms lack of discipline)
And jsut now at Christmas... he was rude and ripped through even his AWESOME gifts, and tossed them aside and ripped through more.. he even tossed all the cool presents the way any kid would toss new clothes! He says thank you, when reminded, with a snarly childish voice, but thats about it.
Its so frustrating, that I came to work to get away for a bit! My fiance is about to lose his mind too, we cant figure out how to change things... any suggestions????