Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Alex spotted a toy he wanted: a very nice metal cement mixer truck, about two feet long, with moving parts.
He received five dollars from his great-grandmother and immediately wanted to buy the truck. I explained that the truck was closer to fifty dollars than five dollars. He took up a collection and managed to acquire an additional forty-five dollars.
I had mixed feelings about him getting the money. On the one hand, I want him to take the time to earn money for the things he wants. On the other hand, at a dollar a day for no aggression, that would be over two months. I recall the lesson of the Gup-X, which disappeared from the store before Nathan could accumulate enough allowance.
On Tuesday, we looked again at the price and what I had thought was 49.99 turned out to be 99.99. So Alex needs to accumulate an additional $63 to buy the truck he wants.
He handled the disappointment fairly well. But every day since, he asks if he has enough for the cement truck. It's going to be a long couple of months.