How do you persuade your parents to get you a laptop?

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As a parent, there are three ways that a child could impress me and make me want to get them a laptop.  Of course, this is a set of personal opinions and other people may look at this in different ways.

First, I would be impressed if you could lay...

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As a parent, there are three ways that a child could impress me and make me want to get them a laptop.  Of course, this is a set of personal opinions and other people may look at this in different ways.

First, I would be impressed if you could lay out a good set of reasons why you actually need a laptop.  My first suspicion would be that you want the laptop so that you can go in your room and play games, surf the internet, and do other nonproductive things without me knowing about it.  It would help to persuade me if you could articulate reasons why having a laptop would help you to achieve goals that I approve of.  This would include demonstrating to me why our current computer setup does not suffice.

Second, I would be impressed if you cared enough about getting a laptop to contribute to buying it.  If you really need this laptop, are you willing to put some of your own money into buying it?  Are you willing to do extra work around the house to help pay for it?  It would make me much more likely to want to buy you one if you were willing to make some sacrifices to get it.

Finally, I would be more likely to buy you the laptop if you anticipated my concerns and suggested ways to alleviate them.  For example, if you know that I am worried about how much gaming you do, you could offer to show me your completed homework before you take the laptop off to play.  If you know that I am worried about your use of social media, you could offer to “friend” me on those social media so that I could at least have the option of monitoring your use of those media.  If you know that I am concerned about your grades, offer to make your use of the laptop contingent on keeping your grades up.

All of these things would show me that you truly need a laptop and that, if I buy you a laptop, I would not be detracting from your ability to achieve the things I want for you.

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