Son is nearly four and has just recently started asking me to buy him things. Last week we were at the airport waiting for some relatives and he eyed the Dunkin’ Donuts kiosk a few feet away.
“I want a donut!” was out of his mouth before the kiosk even registered in my subconscious.
I looked at him and asked, “Well, do you have any money?” This is my standard response to that type of statement.
He looked at me, reached into his pocket and said, “I have pretend money!” This is his standard response to that type of statement.
“Hmmm,” I replied, “I don’t think the lady will take pretend money. You need real money to buy donuts and toys and food and trains.”
My determined little guy pronounced, “Yes she will!” and proceeded to walk up to the cashier and offer her pretend money in exchange for a donut.
The lady declined, despite the extreme cuteness factor.
I did not buy him a donut. I wanted him to take the lesson with him.
This morning we were in a store and he saw a toy he really wanted. We had the same conversation we had at the airport (with truck substituted for donut), but this time when I told him I didn’t think the lady would take the pretend money he looked at the cashier, looked at the toy and put it back on the shelf.
And my son just learned something about money.
I’d love to find someplace that takes pretend money. I could use me some of that.