I found a drawback to IM for parents...

by TiffanyLambert 3 replies
It's not being able to hit up your coworkers to buy your kid's school stuff. lol. I remember when I was in school I didn't have to sell it myself - my mom took my stash of chocolate to Tandy (Corporation) and it was gone before noon - allowing me to win all the prizes they offered.

I have no one to take those $2 candy bars to (we aren't doing candy bars, but it's the most common example. No one to sell $20 tea light candles to for fundraisers.

Can't let your kids roam to the neighbors hitting them up thanks to a couple of pit bulls that get loose. (And the fact that I hate it when 20 neighbor kids come by for that same purpose and I feel guilty if I don't buy from each one - bah humbug).

My family's going to hate me. I'm going to try to make them all sponsor my son is his Booster Fun Run. $1 per lap. There are 35 laps.

The worst part is my poor son is a big believer in infomercials. He'll say, "Mom, do you have any Gold jewelry lying around? Because if you DO, you can turn it into CASH - TODAY!"

Now I'm listening to a spiel about the prizes he'll win - they did a number on him in the assembly today and he believes the Vortex Football he can win with a $7 per lap pledge does a PERFECT SPIRAL EVERY TIME!

Oh I'll never hear the end of this..... lol
tiff
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by TiffanyDow View Post

    It's not being able to hit up your coworkers to buy your kid's school stuff. lol. I remember when I was in school I didn't have to sell it myself - my mom took my stash of chocolate to Tandy (Corporation) and it was gone before noon - allowing me to win all the prizes they offered.

    I have no one to take those $2 candy bars to (we aren't doing candy bars, but it's the most common example. No one to sell $20 tea light candles to for fundraisers.

    Can't let your kids roam to the neighbors hitting them up thanks to a couple of pit bulls that get loose. (And the fact that I hate it when 20 neighbor kids come by for that same purpose and I feel guilty if I don't buy from each one - bah humbug).

    My family's going to hate me. I'm going to try to make them all sponsor my son is his Booster Fun Run. $1 per lap. There are 35 laps.

    The worst part is my poor son is a big believer in infomercials. He'll say, "Mom, do you have any Gold jewelry lying around? Because if you DO, you can turn it into CASH - TODAY!"

    Now I'm listening to a spiel about the prizes he'll win - they did a number on him in the assembly today and he believes the Vortex Football he can win with a $7 per lap pledge does a PERFECT SPIRAL EVERY TIME!

    Oh I'll never hear the end of this..... lol
    tiff
    Tiff, I don't know what things are like in Texas, but here in SW Florida they would have just plunked the kids in front of the local Walmart or Publix (grocery chain) with a bucket and taught them to panhandle for what they want.

    On a recent weekend, I got hit up for a peewee football team, the peewee freaking cheerleaders, some other sports team, and one other thing. Every time you enter or leave the building, someone's little darling is sticking a bucket under your nose asking you to support something. One or more of the parents is usually nearby with their nose in a trashy romance novel.

    Be happy your kids' school is actually asking them to do something for their money.

    Could your boy build a Squidoo lens asking for pledges via PayPal? Maybe Mom could help him put together a PLR pack to trade for pledges?

    Side note: I'm on the other side of the fence. When I worked in an office, I ended up buying more band candy, cases of oranges, popcorn, you name it, than I knew what to do with. And I didn't even have kids of my own to get even with!
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  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    My family's going to hate me. I'm going to try to make them all sponsor my son is his Booster Fun Run. $1 per lap. There are 35 laps.
    Hope they have deep pockets. Ex and I once sponsored our 2 daughter $1 a lap in a swimathon. One was 5 and the other 4 at the time so it seemed safe. It wasn't! The eldest swam 56 laps and the youngest 48. Because we both sponsored them we had to double up. That was when $1 was worth about $10 today.

    I should add the school allowed lie lows and other tricks for them to paddle behind but we still thought we had champions in our midst.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    GOOD idea, John! I'll do that for my mini mart.

    Norma, there's a 35 lap cap, thank goodness!
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