At four, Ben is learning the concept of money and its function in our daily lives. His father gives him coins to save up and makes him count them periodically. Fatherkao also “sells” him Tomica diecast cars and trucks in exchange for his coins.
Tis’ very interesting indeed, watching a child understand the concept of money and learn how goods and services are exchanged.
Overheard recently at a shopping mall…
Me: Oooh, sale at Fox Baby. Look, can get more Hello Kitty t-shirts! So cheap, $9? I bought them for $19.90 before CNY!
Becks: Yay, I want more Hello Kitty, Mama.
Me: (to everyone) Let’s go and take a look.
Becks: (excitedly) I want, I want!
At this point in time, Ben looked stern and not too thrilled at all. He looked at his sister and…
Ben: Buy, buy, buy… Every time buy. Then Mama has no more money. Do you know if she has no more money, she cannot teach us anymore, she’s got to go back and work?
Yes, I am a stay-home-mum now and I’ve told my son that I’m no longer working so I can read to him, play with him and have lessons with him at home.
My son, the prudent one. You can see how much he knows about money. Enough to want Mama to stay home with him.