Thursday, April 02, 2009
Money, An Easy Sell
The other day, I slapped down a quarter and three pennies on the table in front of my 4.33 year old son and asked him to count it.
"27 cents," he fired back.
"WRONG," and I snatched the money and walked away.
My mother was horrified. How cold, how cruel she insinuated.
Here's the deal I have with Prince C-Nut - every time I get change, I hand it to him. If he can add it up correctly, then he's allowed to keep the money.
For the past 2-3 years my son, like every other kid, has badgered me for candy, toys, or whatever else he fancied in store aisles. And for 2-3 years my response has mostly been the same, "Did you bring your money?" - to which he invariably groans. I believe most parents either simply say "no" or "yes".
Learning about money with my son has not only been really fun - it's a great reinforcement of addition and multiplication AND the foundation of a most important life skill.
I was just contemplating how many millions of parents with kids on the cusp of this level of arithmetic (no matter what their age), simply put the change in their pocket and waste a most *teachable moment*.