Advice, scoldings or even affectionate pleadings often tend not to work on the young lot. What does seem to work, nearly always, are real and tangible perks and incentives. The vice president of a Massachusetts energy company, Paul Baier, recently struck a deal with his daughter according to which, he’d pay his 14-year-old $200 for quitting Facebook until June.
Most of the times, parents are the ones to come up with such terms so as to entice their kids. But in this case, it is the other way around. According to Baier, the idea was proposed by his daughter, Rachel, who wanted to stop using Facebook anyway and thought she can earn money by striking a fair deal with her dad.
Baier wrote on his blog, “It was her idea. She wants to earn money and also finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time sometimes. She plans to go back on after the 6 months is over.”
He also uploaded a snapshot of the ‘agreement’ reached between the father and the daughter. The parchment is titled ‘Facebook deactivation agreement’ and affirms that Rachel would stop using Facebook from 2/4/13 to 6/26/13 against which, she shall be paid a sum of $50 on 4/15/13 and another amount of $150 on 6/26/13.
The terms also include that Paul Baier will have access to her Facebook account, so that he can change the password and deactivate the profile for the said duration. The terms do seem in Baier’s favor, though, since he gets to pay a major portion of the sum owed him at the end of the term.
Still, we would be interested to know how the agreement pans out and whether or not both sides live up to their commitments.
Source: Practical Sustainability