Sep 16, 2009
Can You Really Spend Your Own Money Any Way You Want?
Have I told you the air soft gun story? I haven't? Well then if you want to feel good about your parenting skills then I would highly recommend getting comfortable and enjoying this post.
Before we moved to Massachusetts the Baird family did not own a single air soft gun. We really did not even know to much about them. So halfway through Joe's first semester of school here he finally made some friends. The best kind of friends, the kind who shoot air soft guns, the kind who live on acres and acres of wooded land, the kind who spend all weekend running through woods shooting the heck out of each other, the VERY best kind of friends. He started talking about air soft guns a lot. All I knew about air soft guns were that the word air meant.....well, you know.... air..... and the word soft.....sounded well, harmless. And guns....well I am not opposed to them I actually enjoy shooting them and my husband will gladly tell you I am actually pretty good at it. So there we were. Joe had his own money. A lot of his own money that he earned doing his paper route so there really was not much discussion after that. I really want them to have their own money for this reason. So they can make their own choices and understand consequences of spending...oh and don't forget the consequences of shooting your sisters....all the grownups I know who never learned about that consequence are in therapy :)
I can not remember how he acquired his first air soft gun. I think it was ordered through the Internet but I could be wrong because they are also available at Dick's Sporting Goods and Sports Authority. The point is that I am using the word "first" thus indicating that there has been more than one air soft gun purchased by Joe.
At this point I am forced to admit to you that I think he has ended up spending at least $400.00 on air soft guns.
That my friends is the same question I have been asking.....the answer is bewildering but simple... they keep breaking.
I do not know.
I have shot them with Joe and they are very heavy, seemingly, well made guns. He claims his dad broke one....that is a whole another story...with all sorts of claims and intrigue....we'll save it for another day, far from this day :) Anyway, that only covers one of the guns he has owned in the last year what about the others? Well I tell you the other stories are a little vague.
Every time this happens and he buys a new one I mention to him that at some point this really is a draining hobby. How much of a 13 year old boy's own money should his mom let him spend on air soft guns? How does the aforementioned mom find out where to buy a air soft gun that won't ever break? I have been anxiously waiting for the class at Home and Family Personal Enrichment on the subject but I fear it may never come. But it would be very enriching for me. I definitely need to be educated on it. I need some statistics. I need a group of, "air softing mom's" to chat with. I need Joe to take up knitting :)
The minute the gun he is currently using breaks I am doomed....oh, wait it is broken...how could I forget? I swear Joe talks about the broken air soft gun and his need for a new one as much as Obama talks about his health care plan...which is A LOT.
So guess where Joe and I are headed today after soccer practice? Sports Authority.......and yes, I give you permission to judge me :)