We’ve been playing this shopping spree game with the kids recently to teach them about money and the art of negotiation. The kids get to pick a box of toys and we’re supposed to sell things to each other. To keep it real, we even use money from daddy’s wallet during our little game.
We’re hoping this exposure will bring out their inner business acumen and they’ll be able to start a lemonade stand to earn some money by the time they turn 5. We’ll supply the lemonade and they’ll do the selling.
Truett is the shop owner this time and we take turns to buy toys from him.
Me: I’d like to buy this red ball. How much is it?
Tru: Um, 48 dollars.
Me: WHAT? For a ball? It’s too expensive. I’ll give you 20 dollars and 30 cents.
Tru: I tell you what, 8 dollars.
Me: I’m not sure you know how negotiation works. Just so you know, I’m not giving you money to start a lemonade stand anytime soon.
Tru: Ok ok fine. $4.50.
Me: Sure, $4.50. But I’m sending you to business school for some training first.
Then it’s Kirsten’s turn to be the shop owner
Kirsten: (holds up a truck) This is 5 dollars, you want to buy?
Me: Um, no. I don’t like the truck, do you have anything else?
Kirsten: You must buy.
Me: I don’t need a truck, sell me a bear or something.
Kirsten: No bear. This is my bear bear, you buy the truck ok.
Me: Nope. Not buying a truck.
Kirsten: (grabs my credit card) See I got your card, you must buy.
Me: Oi, that’s technically stealing and I’ll be sending you to civics and moral education school.