Thursday, November 20, 2008

For What It's Worth

My son is obsessed with money. Seriously. I'm starting to get concerned and wondering if somehow I've failed in teaching him the really important things of life. Everywhere we go he wants to know how much everything costs, how much money I have and why he can't have more money. It's starting to drive me crazy! This is often how the day goes.

"Mom, how much money do you have?"

"Never mind, Benen."

"You have more than a hundred, don't you?"

"Benen, let it go."

"How much money is this?" (Holding up a quarter)

"It's twenty-five cents."

"Wow! That's a lot! What can I buy with this."

"Not much."

"But what?"

"I don't know, maybe a few candies."

"Can I go buy some candies?"


"Why not? I have the money."

"Benen, we are not going to buy candy right now!"

"Can we go after Kolten's in bed for his nap?"

"No! I can't leave Kolten alone by himself, and furthermore, I am NOT taking you to buy candy! You don't need candy, it's not good for you and you get plenty of treats a day! Be thankful for what you get. Don't ask me again."

"But mom, maybe we could just-"

"BENEN! ENOUGH! I said not another word!"

A little bit later...

"Mom, you know that money I gave you?"


"Can I have it back?"


"No, I mean that money I gave you for a Christmas present." (A few coins)

"Yes, Benen, I know what money you're talking about."

"Can I have it back?"

"I already said yes, you can have your piggy bank back."

"No, I don't want the piggy bank, just the money. Can I have it?"

"Benen! I have already said 'yes'! Just go and get the money!"


A little later again...

"Mom, is that your wallet."


"What are you doing with it?"

"I was ordering something online." (Christmas stuff)

"Can I look through your wallet?"




"Why not?"

"Because it's mine and you don't need to look in it."

"But I just wanna see how much money you got."

"Benen, the answer is no."

"But mom-"

"Benen! When I say 'no' I mean NO! Do not ask again or I will send you to your room. No is NO!"

A little later still...

"Benen! What are you doing?!"

"I'm just lookin' in your wallet."

"I told you not to!"

"Well mom, how come you have this one dollar?"

"Because my Grandpa gave me that dollar bill a long time ago. Now shut my wallet."

"How come I don't have any money that someone gave me a long time ago?"

"Benen, just close my wallet and give it to me!"

"It's not fair."


That's a typical day for me. There are times I just wanna scream and tear my hair out. Honestly, I'm so sick of talking about money. I've heard that a lot of marriages suffer because of "money issues" but I've never experienced anything like this!


Travis Erwin said...

Maybe he's been watching the news an hearing all the bad economy talk.

Becky said...

Love that kid, lol.

Maybe he's showing early signs of being an accountant or day trader one day? We can only hope! ;)

The Daily Bee said...

I can see Benen with all his energy as a day trader. So funny.

My brother had a problem like this when he was a kid. But instead of asking mom for it, the money would just go missing. After he got older, he begin confessing of the times he stole money off of the parents dresser. LOL

So, all I can say is, at least Benen is asking for it... Hahaha. Maybe you'd just rather he take it and you'd be none the wiser.

Shauna said...

Travis - With his obsession, he just might be. ;-)

Becky - Day trader? All I can say is, if he does end up doing that, I'm expecting him to set me up in my old age. :-) I want all the comforts.

Deb - I suppose I should count my blessings. I have a feeling he may be a banker one day. Today, he and his brothers pulled out all the piggy banks and made a HUGE combined pile of change in the middle of Kolten's bedroom. When I found them, they were practically rolling around in the stuff. Think Uncle Scrooge from Duck Tales. Remember that show?

Katybug said...


Okay, you get the idea. What funny boys you have!!!!!