So on certain nights when its really so warm that even the fan can't cool us off, I'll allow the air-conditioner turned on while they sleep. But Ally has sensitive nose and dry sensitive skin, every night sleeping in the air con room she'll end up with running nose and itchy skin. On the other end, Isabel is the type that perspires a lot, she'll always complain its very warm.
But both of them likes the nice cool feeling in the room when its switched on. So, they will conspire together to get me to agree to let them have it even on those cooler nights.
1. Splash water on their faces and neck claiming it to be sweaty.
2. Bargain with me on the length of time to have it turned on (half night, 2 hours..etc)
3. Come to us with pathetic looks, get us to sympathise them.
Recently, I implemented the "Token" system. It goes like this:
Each month, the kids are given a total of 5 tokens, if at any one time I don't agree that its warm enough to switch on the air con, they can use their token to exchange for a night of air-conditioned cool air. Provided they must both agree to have it.
Its still in the experiment stage, it should train her to use her resources wisely. Hopefully she'll learning something out of this.