When do you start teaching a child about money? I figured when Landon's piggy bank was full would be a good starting point.
This weekend, it finally was. So technically, he's been learning a bit for months now as we've gathered loose change and let him put it in the slot.
I told Bill that I thought it would be a great plan to put some aside for giving, most for saving, and one dollar (plus tax) for Landon to spend at the dollar store.
I came home late Saturday night, and the very first thing Landon says to me (skipping, "hi, mom,") was, "I bought something from the dollar store."
I couldn't wait to see the bubbles or car or stickers or puzzle he had picked out.
Instead: Flarp! Noise Putty.
I'm not kidding.
Some weird pink goop in a little container that when you pressed your fingers in, made realistic noises of the most unpleasant kind of flatulence.
"Really?" my eyebrows asked Bill.
Landon demonstrated and was so hilariously amused, I had to crack a smile. Bill was laughing so hard his eyes were crinkling up. Watching the two of them reminded me that there is, indeed, a realm in "boy world" that will always be just slightly beyond my understanding or appreciation.
Although I think it might be kind of funny to tell Landon that at his very first opportunity to make his first self-directed purchase he bought a fart. Or, more precisely, a "flarp!"