Young Ladrinka: When you’re not home, can I use your laptop?
Marinka: You mean my new laptop that I received in celebration of my being alive for 45 years?
Young Ladrinka: Yes.
Young Ladrinka: Please?
Young Ladrinka: I said “please”.
Marinka: That word isn’t really magic, you know.
Young Ladrinka: I really want to use it.
Marinka: I know. And I really don’t want you to.
Young Ladrinka: WHY CAN’T I?
Marinka: Because when you used it, without my permission I may add, you immediately downloaded images of Tim Tebow and I don’t need that kind of stress in my life right now.
Young Ladrinka: I’m sorry I didn’t realize that it would be the end of the world if I did that.
Marinka: Well now you know.
Young Ladrinka: Can I use your laptop for homework when you’re not here?
Marinka: What have we been talking about this whole time? Wasn’t it homework?
Young Ladrinka: No, I meant for sports. MLB.com, that kind of thing.
Young Ladrinka: Wait, you were saying no to homework? Wait til I tell my class about this!
Marinka: Hold on-
Young Ladrinka: Most mothers are happy when their children do homework.
Marinka: I need to think.
Young Ladrinka: This is crazy! I’m going to tell everyone.
Marinka: Let me think! I can’t think when you’re threatening me like that!
Young Ladrinka: Or maybe you prefer that I shouldn’t do homework?
What do you think?
Should I let Young Ladrinka use my brand new laptop when I’m not home?
Here’s a brief pro/con list I made.
* Sharing is caring!
* He can do his homework on the couch as opposed to at the desk, like they did during the Dickensonian era!
* He will stop asking me if he can use my laptop.
* When he starts dating that girl that I won’t be able to stand, I will remind him of the laptop-sharing and he will immediately break up with her.
* He will download images and other stuff that I won’t like.
* He will drop it.
* He will spill something on it.
* I have very few things that I don’t have to share. Shouldn’t this be one of them?
Now, I know I can make a “no eating, drinking, shirt and shoes must be worn at all times when handling my laptop” rule, but what do you think?
Should I let him use it?
(BTW, my daughter hasn’t asked because she has her own.)
In other exciting (to me) news, I am now blogging at Babble Kids about all sorts of parenting issues. Please check out my posts on precocious puberty, some insane parents calling for an ice cream truck ban and about why children no longer open their gifts at birthday parties.
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