I swear my pregnant brain gets worse with each baby.
The first time I lost it I offered a $5 reward to whoever found it.
Jeremy found it. In the trash can next to the computer desk.
Seth was not happy that Jeremy found it.
I told him I would give him some opportunities to do extra work around the house (i.e. helping me get this place cleaned up for giving birth), and he could earn $5. He was happy with that.
This was on Saturday.
On Monday, I couldn't find my camera, again.
For 2 days I searched and searched and searched my house for my camera. It was nowhere to be found.
In an act of sheer desperation, I told Seth that I would offer another $5 reward to whoever could find my camera. I told him the last place I remember seeing it was in the sewing room.
Five minutes later, he brought me my camera.
I was thrilled! Where did you find it????
In the little bird door, he said.
Really? I would never have thought to look there. Here is why...
I was suspicious. Can you see why?
I decided to let it go though, and gave him the option to get a new Lego set that I had bought (worth $5) or the $5. He chose the Legos.
When Jeremy came home, I told him about Seth's mad detective skills. Daddy isn't nearly as lenient as Mama, so he started questioning Seth a bit.
Seth finally looked at me and said, "Mom, I'm sorry. I lied. I put the camera there because I knew you would offer $5 again to find it".
Moral of the story? Never offer money to a child who wants to buy Legos more than anything. Also, make him do the work you were going to pay him for, but this time he has to do it for free.
Also? Keep your camera in the bag so you don't lose it again.