The circle of life according to a 5-year-old girl:
The circle of life according to a 5-year-old girl:
I have never tried McDonald’s Shamrock shake probably because I keep hearing it might taste a little like cough syrup, or something like that.
I realized this morning while listening to ” Stu Jeffries $1000 Dollar Minute” on Boom 97.3FM that today was March 17th and that means St. Patrick’s Day! All the questions were St. Patrick’s Day related and my kids looked at me quite perplexed as the quiz went on, because I think they knew the “Lucky Charms” question and that was it.
“Today is St. Patrick’s Day!” I proclaimed.
“What does that mean?”, were the responses.
Oops. I thought as I realized that we’ve really never spoken about St. Patrick’s Day – at least not recently – and when we reconvened at dinner time I had better have an explanation more significant that my note about the Shamrock shake.
So here, is the “Coles Notes” version of why St. Patrick’s Day matters and why we celebrate it, with some fun facts thrown in for the curious kids:
There is a reason we do not let our children have access to electronics during the week, and limit no only the amount of time they spend on it on the weekends but also what they have access to.
The Internet is nasty.
TV is nasty.
Even some music is nasty.
Yes, we cannot shield our children from these forever, but I feel that a responsible parent doesn’t just let their kid(s) have access to the remote or a web browser and let them loose.
Deep down inside, I can’t help but worry for future generations when there is way too many shows like “Dating Naked”, “Sex Sent Me To The ER”, and “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant”, and not enough shows like “Growing Pains”, “Brady Bunch” and “Full House”.
Honestly, is there anything worse than “TMZ”? Yes. “TMZ Live”.
I think a good balance of TV shows for kids include the original reality TV, sports, cooking shows, pretty much anything on TVO or to do with animals, history or the planet.
Cartoons are okay too, but like sweets, should be taken in moderation and never before bed time.
Now excuse me while I click through Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo’s and Millionaire Matchmaker looking for something to watch.
As Canadians, I’ve always been told that we are much less litigious than our neighbours to the south, which means we don’t use the expression, “I’ll sue you” all that often.
To be honest, I think we are more likely as a society to apologize, take responsibility for the situation and then come to a common resolution than to add fuel to a situation, find a lawyer and haul everyone off to court.
So, as parents, it’s not all that common to hear any conversation including the words, “sue” or “sued” or “suing” or even the expression “suing their asses off”. (I’m not sure if that’s a real expression but if I were suing someone, I’d want them to know that I was going to sue their ass off!”
Yet I swear I heard my kids trying to figure out if they combined their allowances, if they had enough money to hire a lawyer…
Should I now put down some retainer funds on a lawyer? I would if I knew that they were going to sue for, if it was even us, and where their grievances lie… Not enough treats? Maybe they don’t like our “no electronics on school nights” rule, or maybe they want to stay up later than 7, 8 and 9 respectively.
Or maybe we just need to stop giving them allowance, or give them opportunity to buy more things with their money.
Got to love parenting!
How I explained taxes to children in a kindergarten classroom without having them lose focus or fall asleep on me:
Q: Do you know what a tax is?”
It’s something you have to pay.
Q: Why do we have to pay taxes?
We pay taxes for things we need.
We have to.
We pay taxes so poor people can have some money too.
Q: Any examples of things we need? How about some examples of things we need that we all share.
9) The trucks that come to take our garbage away.
12) Food – Do taxes pay for food?
We have to pay for our own food. But taxes pay to make sure our food doesn’t make us sick.
Money we pay as taxes make sure we have clean water.
Q: Does anyone remember the ice storm, and when all those branches and trees fell on peoples houses and cars and all over the street? Men and women had to come to take the branches away. Taxes paid for that.”
Snack time – I brought cupcakes for the kids.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing is certain except (Hello Kitty) death and taxes,” and just as your children will gradually learn about (Hello Kitty) mortality, they will also find out about taxes and other financial issues.
There are taxes everywhere on almost everything to make sure that everyone has a chance to pay taxes and share.
Paying taxes is like this container of cupcakes. This pile of cupcakes is the economy. This is the money that belongs to the whole country and everybody needs a piece – the schools, the street cleaners, the hospitals, and the TV stations.
Without their cupcake, the government can’t provide any of the things we need.
If we gave all of our cupcakes to the government we would have nothing left. But taxes are like taking a little bit off – the wrapper, maybe – to give to the government while we keep the rest. The government collects all the wrappers and uses them to keep all of us safe and healthy and helps us learn and grow…
Apart from enjoying a fun time, your kids will learn a very valuable financial lesson…sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too.