Money talks in adolescent discipline
On the Red Line south on a Monday morning, Mom is reviewing her 9-year-old son's report on Odysseus.
He is explaining something about the report when he stops him abruptly and says, "I told you not to talk with your fingers in your mouth!"
"But I don't!" -- "I just saw you!" -- "No!" -- "Yes!"
Mom: "Now I just want you to say: 'I will work on it.' Say it!"
"That's not what I want to hear. "Say 'I'll work on it.' "
She puts her hand near his face, as if to slap him. "I'll take $5 from your allowance. Say it!"
"I'll work on it."