My Teens Are Too Smart for My Schemes

Kai and Alex working together

Conversation with Alex, one of our TechTeens :

Alex: Why does it have to be a "competition" when you have us make stuff?

Me: It's to motivate you to do your best. People like competitions.

Alex: But we already work hard, whether you make it a competition or not. Besides, you always give the winning team the choice of which snack we get for our next session. Why don't we all just agree as a group on what snack we all want?

Me: But then the winning team doesn't get their favorite thing.

Alex: Yeah, but we're going to be sharing whatever they get anyway. So it's better if it's something we all like.

Me: Your logic defeats me again, Alex. 


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