Once up I quickly let him know that he would need to clean up dog poo in the backyard. It took him two hours but he finally finished the job. I'm afraid that breakfast was not worth the hard work he put in since it was just cereal but he didn't complain. Then when he started asking about snacks I let him know the kitchen had to be swept and mopped. To his misfortune my mop was not working so he had to use a small sponge and scrub on his hands and knees. He did it gladly when he found out snack was strawberries. Come lunch time he earned a chicken salad sandwich by cleaning windows and my glass tables. Too bad he said he didn't like chicken. He was not too happy when I said, "if you don't like what's for lunch, lunch is over."
When his mom showed up at noon he was extremely happy to see her but said he still wanted to live with me. So he stayed and I let him pick up toys for the right to watch TV for 30 minutes. Unfortunately TV did not keep him happy for long and while I was in my office working I heard the front door open and close. He decided it was time to go find his friends to play. So I had to stop what I was doing and go on a treasure hunt for our little friend. Luckily his mother knew just where to look and after stopping at two houses I found him. I asked him if he would like to talk to me privately or if it was ok if I embarassed him in front of his friends. He didn't budge so the count down started. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.... Then came the explanation of the rules in my house. He thought it was pretty odd that he had to ask permission to go play and that I had to know exactly where he was at all times. Odd that is until his little friend chimed in and said he has the same rules at his house. With this announcement I saw the light bulb go on and he knew he was in trouble. That is when I informed him he could not live with me if he could not follow my rules and we marched home to his his where his mother was waiting with open arms.
Mom came at noon but he refused to leave.