We have been pet-less for about two years. But this summer, the questions started getting intense.
Mommy, we want another pet. Can we get a dog? Can we get a cat? What kind of pet can we have? Can it live in our room?
Every day. They. Would. Not. Stop.
Finally, I gave in to the idea of a fish. My track record with sustaining aquatic life was not good. But maybe a few YouTube videos could remedy the problem. My two boys and I sat on the couch and listened to the most popular videos answering questions like, "How to care for a betta fish" and "What do you need to keep a betta happy?" Since we were starting from scratch, we were going to need all the advice we could get.
I DECIDED THAT BEFORE WE WOULD FORK OVER CASH FOR A PLASTIC BAGGIE CONTAINING OUR NEW BELOVED FAMILY MEMBER, THIS COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MONEY EXPERIENCE.
I asked the 6-year-old to make a list of the fish supplies he remembered from our video time. I described what that we were going on a RESEARCH trip first. We were not going to buy anything before our research was finished. We needed to locate each item in the store that would make our new fish happy and then write down the price.
Researching was fun! Empowered with the list, pen and clipboard, we walked up and down aisles finding and talking about all the things our new pet needed. In 6-year-old handwriting, each item had a "prise" listed underneath when we finished. The 5-year-old even interjected with a few of his own ideas about what the pet would like. I snapped pics of our selected supplies in case something got missed.
Back at home, we reviewed each of the things we saw. I showed them how to punch in the numbers on a calculator to add up all of the numbers we recorded. Then, I witnessed a "light-bulb" moment. It was $50.96 for everything we had just totaled. "Mommy, that's a lot of money!"My thoughts exactly.
Waayyyy more than just getting a fish, we had a money moment.
Welcome to the family, Blueberry. Hope you're with us for a while.