So I Guess That Settles That?

G asked for a particularly expensive gift for Christmas.
I explained to her that if that was really what she wanted, she most likely would not get anything else because even Santa is on a budget, child. I could tell by the look on her face, she was not happy about this news because there are so many things that she wants!
“How about you and daddy just go ahead and buy me The Expensive Gift that way Santa can bring me all of the other things that I want.”
Before I could respond, she added “And if you and daddy don’t have enough money, then you should just go sit down and start working as fast as you can to make as much money as you can to buy it for me.”
And then she turned her back on me and walked away.

18 thoughts on “So I Guess That Settles That?

  1. mommabird2345

    Isn’t great when kids think they have parents wrapped around their little fingers? *Sigh* mine do the same thing. They also tell me if I’m out of money, I should *just* go to the bank. If only it were that easy. :)

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  2. Kat

    I hope you work out a way to tell her nicely to back the truck up.
    My two haven’t been quite so un-subtle in their demands. They merely tell each other to do their bidding.

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  3. Jessica

    back in the day we used to tell our mom “just write a check” or “well, go to the bank”, now mine tells me I can just put it on a credit card :)

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  4. Lurker Girl

    I remember when my DD pulled that one on me. I didn’t want the “magic” of Santa to be over so I just explained to her that since times are even hard for Santa, parents have to send him money to buy the presents for the kids–he still decides what you get based on how good you have been, but parents have to help him pay for it.
    That seemed to work for a while…

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  5. Y

    Ha, “back the truck up.”
    We had a Very Long conversation about how money works and about gratitude, etc. I don’t think she’ll be telling me to “work faster” again any time soon. ;)

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  6. Gandhimom

    I hope she’ll be getting a good, old-fashioned piggy bank as one of her gifts — if only to help her learn the value of saving toward a goal.

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  7. Angela

    That is too funny! Start creating her Christmas list on an Expo whiteboard that sits in her room. She can add what she wants and you can erase the things that are too expensive. I got my Expo whiteboard the other day and it comes with free markers!-everyone loves a great deal, I thought I’d share it!

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  8. melissa

    i was just told, by a few people, to come check out your blog because of a post i just wrote.
    but wow…this post? my daughter…omg.
    she’s in 7th grade now. the eye roll, the “harumphing”…
    i think she thinks that we really don’t work and that a money tree is growing (very sparsely) in the backyard.
    oh, and my 1st grade son…
    yeah, him too.

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