My daughter (7) has a lot of issues with self control. If she gets an idea in her head, she just goes for it without thinking of the consequences. Two recent examples.
- Last week I got a call from her teacher. She decided that she wanted to buy a book from the scholastic order form. So she took some cash to school. She took $60 from her brother’s room.
- Today she got out the water paints. I said don’t paint. I came back in the kitchen to find her painting. I said put it away, and when I came back I found that her painting had been finished.
So today I was at Trader Joe’s (of all places, the day before a food holiday) and found the following
Yep – a chocolate Advent calendar. 24 days of chocolate, one piece at a time.
Let me stress that last part. ONE PIECE AT A TIME. I got one for each of the kids, and there is a promise that they will each get a special prize at Christmas IF (and only if) they manage to use the Advent calendar properly (meaning not eating any candy in advance. If they want to SKIP a day and have TWO pieces of candy in one day — that’s fine as long as it’s “savings” and not “credit”). (And as they cost $0.99 each it’s really not much of an expense)
Which leaves two questions
- Will Princess succeed and get the grand prize on December 25
- What will the grand prize on Dec. 25 be?
And then there’s question #3 — which can never be answered — would wall street (and Washington) look a heck of a lot different today if more parents struggled with how to teach their children delayed gratification??