The Gremlin – not by any influence of his parents – has been saving money and “doing chores” to earn money. I only put chores in quotes because the process of doing a chore is as follows:
1) Gremlin asks for a chore
2) Chore is assigned
3) Gremlin immediately repeats chore in a whine/scream only a 5-7 year old can achieve
4) Parents confirm that was exactly what they said
5) Gremlin makes guttural noise and falls to the ground
6) Parents suggest retracting chore and denying Gremlin ability to earn money
7) Gremlin uses whine/scream to suggest he should just get money whenever he asks for it while going off to do chore
8) Gremlin does half of chore and requests money for doing full chore
9) Parent goes over and has to monitor Gremlin while doing chore, and directing them through each step
But I digress, the point is that the Gremlin now has an income, and income leads to Legos. The Gremlin was at the store the other day looking through Legos when another boy a few years older than the Gremlin, and his mother came into the aisle. The boy ran up to one of the larger sets, pulled it off the shelf and looked at his mom.
“I want this one!” The Gremlin perked up at a kid near his own age getting one of the bigger sets. His mother turned to him.
“Okay, honey, are you sure?” The Gremlin had to investigate.
“Are you going to get that set?”
“With your own money?” The boy looked confused.
“What? No.” His mother began to blush at this point, and busied herself on her phone.
“So you just pick one, and you get it? Like, without doing anything?”
“Oh, I see, your not big enough to do chores.”
“Yeah, when you’re big enough to be ‘sponsible’ you do things to earn money, so you still get Lego sets, but it’s better because you worked to earn it.” The kid turned to his mother.
“What? Mommy! I want to do chores! I’m old!”
“Yeah, they’re pretty great,” the Gremlin said as he turned back to the shelves.
Later, the Mother of the Gremlin asked him about the exchange.
“Buddy, you usually hate to do chores, why did you tell that boy they were great?”
“Because, if I’m not getting Legos for free, he shouldn’t either!”