My kid’s been watching too much 24 hour news

Yesterday the kids* and I were at Target** and we had a look at the toys.***  The boys gravitated immediately to the Legos; they have a new line of Lego ninja collectible toys.  And frankly, they look pretty lame – something to compete with other little boy collectibles like Bakugan and so forth from what I can see.

The seven year old started begging for a package of them which I told him I had no intention of buying.  He asked how much it cost and suggested that maybe he could pay me back out of his piggy bank.  It was about $20 and he only has about $10 in his bank, so I said no.

He paced around, thought about other ways to get it, and then declared rather triumphantly in a line taken straight from Washington D.C., “Mommy – I can just write you a check!”  OK…

So we had a little talk about budgeting and spending wisely:  not wasting money on things we don’t really need, and not spending money we don’t have.****  A timely topic, if there ever was one.

*And I’m going to have to get used to saying, “Yes, they are ALL mine.”

**Buying toothpaste.  Someone, whom I will not name, decided it would be better off squeezed into the sink.  Again.

***I confess – it was easier than the thought of letting them mess up the house before bedtime once we got home.

**** Too bad Governor Perry wasn’t there for the lesson.



  1. lbwoodgate said,

    February 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Well at least he didn’t suggest that you need to just go to the bank and get some more money.

    Sounds like he’s got a pretty good grasp about paying for what he wants. Needs just a bit more time to realize the value of of what you have or make in relationship to what you want. 🙂

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      No – he’s pretty clueless. Excellent little math student but doesn’t quite “get” the financial stuff yet. I contend that he’d still beat Perry in a 1st grade-level showdown, however.

      • lbwoodgate said,

        February 24, 2011 at 4:08 am

        “I contend that he’d still beat Perry in a 1st grade-level showdown, however.

        Ha, ha, ha. No doubt.

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