When life gives you lemons, train your kids to sell lemonade

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.

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  • Reply Jocelyn August 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Haha can see their different personalities through this simple game. I chanced upon your blog recently and reading it always makes my day. Thanks for being real and really funny!

    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Jocelyn, so sweet of you!

  • Reply Audrey August 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Oh man, the both of them are HILARIOUS. Kirsten’s business skills rock. I’d love mafia-bosslady to man the counter

    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

      OMG mafia-bosslady totally nails it! hahahha

  • Reply Cynthia August 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This made me laugh…this game is great for learning. Great enterpreneurs in training…HAHAHA…

    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Great entrepreneurs that either don’t make money, or bully customers into a sale. Singapore’s future is looking bright indeed!

  • Reply Jen August 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Muhahahahah!! So funny!! If Tru opens a lemonade stall, I will be his first customer to buy all his lemons for $4.50! 

    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Haha thanks for your support in advance! I think I’ll jack up the starting price to allow for *depreciation*, LOL

  • Reply Jus August 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Hahaha… the two of them are really hilarious!
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    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Hahha yeah they never fail to crack me up!

  • Reply Pris August 19, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Ohmigosh. This is beyond hilarious!!!! I would laugh sooo much more if my belly doesn’t get in the way!!!!! You are such a cool Mom!

    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

      I don’t know about cool mom but thanks Pris! :)

  • Reply San August 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hahaha! Tru is such a sweetie. And Kirsten’s SO gonna rock the corporate world next time!
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    • Reply Daphne August 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

      YEAH she’s the mafia boss lady!

  • Reply Linette August 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    OMG, this is SUCH a funny post! Tru is such an easygoing and maganimous negotiator, can imagine him giving his stuff free to the poor next time! And Kirsten, omg, she just cracked me up so much! The term mafia boss lady truly epitomises her! She is truly the “Godmother I”!!!

    • Reply Daphne August 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Hahahaha I’m calling her THE GODMOTHER. Not to be confused with Fairy Godmother. That one is good.

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips August 21, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Hahaha does Kirsten take after mummy or daddy?
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    • Reply Daphne August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Neither! We’re both really nice and not fierce. I don’t know where she got that from..

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