A Salutary Lesson From A 4-Year-Old

Every parent knows that children can always be relied on to listen closely to what they’re not supposed to and yet are completely deaf when you ask them to tidy up or anything else they don’t want to do.  But I was completely floored by what my 4-year-old came out with.

“Don’t worry, mummy, I know another way to get some money!”

And whilst I could not stop myself laughing out loud, it was more in fear than amusement as my blood ran cold.

When the school finally opened after a long Christmas break, my twin boys were in for precisely one day before snow forced it to close again for a further two.  I had been on at them ALL DAY about charging recklessly about the house risking breaking just about everything.  The school had suggested some homework activities but the boys were soon bored again.  I resorted to threatening them that we wouldn’t have enough money for their birthday party in March if we had to replace TV, sofa, put the radiators back onto the wall etc.

I explained that as long as the schools were closed, mummy and daddy had little time to try and earn some money.

“Don’t worry, mummy.  I know another way!  All you need to do is get your old jewellery, pop it in an envelope and post it off.  Then you get a cheque in the post and you can exchange that for money, can’t you!”


So that’s that then!  Simple!

It’s a sobering lesson and a sign of the times.  Advertising is very powerful, even when it is not aimed at children.  But just to be sure, all my jewellery is going straight into the safe!  I can’t risk it might be “popped” into an envelope and randomly posted! 

Just as well we’ve recently replaced the safe batteries then!