AlexS I take my hat off to you for what you put up with. I have to deal with them after they get released from prison and try and install some self respect. If they don't respect themselves there is no way they will resect others. That young one needs a lot of effort from any adult. I could feel the want in me to wipe the smile off his face. But we are not allowed to do that.
I take a hard line with boys and tell them only once, if they ignore me its gone. My own used to have an issue with keeping their rooms tidy. I warned them only once. If its left on the floor you lose it. The next day I piled everything that was on their bedroom floor in a bag and donated it.
From then on I only had to have a rubbish bad in my hands and their room was spotless. The only down side was I paid for the stuff in the first place. The up side some kid got a bargan from the Salvation Army opp shop.
I did not replace what they had lost. They had to earn money and replace it themselves.
Trailers: Well I sold my old one for $5000 nz there is only 16 cents in the dollar difference so not much in it. It seems to me in the USA you get more for your money. A trailer in NZ for under $1000 would not be worth fixing and what I paid for my new trailer I could have flown over to the States. Called in and visited Sereno brought a good second hand float and shipped it to NZ. Well perhaps next time, or is there a place in NZ for good second hand horse floats. That could be something SWMBO could do to keep me in the lifestyle I am used too.
Stella hung over in the float I flicked off.