Wee difficult child has been really, really focused for 4 days on earning some money to buy something he saw in the window of a store a couple of weeks ago. Prior to this weekend, he'd been saving money, but Sunday he just had a lightbulb moment and started on a drive to earn it all. In addition to his regular chores (that he's been doing with minimal fuss, I might add), I've been offering extra chances to earn some money. He's loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, picked up the living room and tidied up (everyone's messes, not just his), hauled jars to and from the basement, took the garbage out, and last night, sorted all the laundry and started washing, drying, and folding it. He already had some money, and I think he's more than earned the additional $5 he needed, so pretty soon we'll go get whatever this thing is... My question is, how to go about this next time this hits. I don't want him to think he can work only when he wants something...but I want to give him chances when he's motivated to achieve his goal, too. Four days to be this focused for wee difficult child is big stuff. Our washer takes 43 minutes per cycle, and when he hears the buzzer, he's on it, dragging the laundry into the living room where he can continue with whatever he was doing and fold the laundry. Its just been really cool watching him work like this, and I want to harness this and guide this the right way.