(Actually, it's burning a hole in the Duff beer can the husband received several Christmases ago as a silly stocking stuffer that has since been commandeered by The Boy as a piggy bank. He runs around yelling, "Mine beer! Mine beer!" I suppose this still is preferable to his keeping money on his body for safekeeping.)
We've explained to The Boy what money is, but of course he seems to only about half understand. I'm sure it doesn't help that he has change and the odd dollar bill, but sees the husband and I using little plastic cards when we buy groceries or gas or just about anything else. The problems of modern life. Anyway, we told The Boy we would take him to the store -- "We go to Tar-GET?" -- where he could choose something to buy with his money, both to continue the financial lessons and under strict orders from Grammy to let the kiddo get something fun.
I'm a bit excited about this shopping expedition. I'm curious to see what The Boy picks. So far, in conversations, he's said, "I'm just gonna buy balls. Balls, Momma," and "Maybe we get trucks?" and "Yeah, OK" when I suggested Play-Doh.
But I'm also a little apprehensive. The Boy sometimes loses his shit when faced with a choice between playing cars or Legos at home. What is he going to do when he can only get ONE ball, not six? I do not want to deal with a full-on meltdown in the middle of Target's dollar section.
Any tips for teaching kiddos about money and choices without screaming fits?