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Nothing Is Free

Do your kids think everything that comes into the house is free because you are a blogger?

Our kids think that way especially since we are review bloggers since we do get a lot of review items and invitations to events. But I am always telling my kids nothing is FREE. There is a lot of work that goes into reviewing items and my time is money and that is what I always tell my kids. Whether it’s a trip to a local destination or the latest video game there is work that needs to be done in exchange for that item or trip.

So with that being said why do my kids time after time continue to ask if items and events are free?  Can’t they understand that when I am on the computer doing blog related work that is my payment for an item we have received or event we have attended?  If we get invited to an event like Monster Jam or Disney on Ice my kids think that because we didn’t pay for the tickets it was free.  Now if you aren’t a blogger or are a child I am sure you are thinking the same thing because people equate money with items so if no money was exchanged for the event or item in question that makes it free, wrong answer buddy.  First thing you need to learn in life especially is you are a blogger is TIME=MONEY.

My kids seem to have an extremely short memory and never seem to remember that nothing is free.  In a way Melinda and I have created this monster I guess because over the last three years we have gotten more items and have taken more trips than we ever have in the past.  On the other hand they should be grateful and appreciative for the opportunity that we have been given which I think they are for the most part even though it doesn’t always show.  I know that our 16 year old understands how this whole blogging thing works but our 9 year old and 4 year old don’t which I expect but I just wish they would stop asking especially when other people are around because sometimes it puts Melinda and I in an awkward position that I really would prefer not to be in.

When people who are not bloggers hear you are a blogger especially a review blogger a lot of time they will ask if we get a lot of free stuff and I tell them like I tell my kids nothing is ever free.

If you are a blogger do your kids think the same way mine do?  Can you relate to this post?

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