Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Power of the Party

Five year olds don’t wield very much power. There is little they can do to rage against a world filled with bedtimes and teeth brushing and interrupted games. Which is why I have been uninvited to the Bean’s birthday party six times.

When the Bean gets angry, I mean really, really angry, his face becomes flushed and he’ll invade my personal space and in the most sincere tone will come the fateful words, “You are not invited to my birthday party!”

I try not to laugh, for doing so would belittle his feelings. But it’s hard not to break under such intensity. I try to tell him that without me, there would be no birthday party. But it’s hard enough to explain the concept of earning money to a young kid—especially one in the throws of a tantrum over having to put their toys away before bed.

The birthday party remained the one trump card in the Bean’s otherwise small deck. Until the day after his birthday party, when the Bean discovered that he no longer could use this power.

It’s tough to be a kid.


Your escalator operator said...

Good post, DGB. As I was reading it, my main thought was, "It's tough to be a kid," but I guess your last line covered that :)

SciFi Dad said...

It's hard for them to understand finances, but my daughter gets it... she asks me why I have to go to work, and I explain that stuff costs money (she gets gift cards and so has some experience with spending and limits and what not) and that I work to bring money into the house to pay for stuff.

Jody said...

J's frustrated comment these days is, "I'm not doing this anymore!" And usually, it's something that we'd be totally ok with him not doing anymore anyway. I figure it's a victory that he's not throwing stuff or hitting/kicking/etc. Of course, J didn't have a birthday party this year. I better watch myself around the next major event...

Daddy Geek Boy said...

YEO...Thanks. As tough as it is, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

SciFi...I tried to teach the Bean a lesson on money last night. He thinks that a Cars figure costs $100.

Jody...Just wait till birthday party rolls around. It's also used as social currency in school.

ChopperPapa said...

He'll figure something else out soon enough..my kids at 8 and 6 come up with something all the time. Even if it doesn't really make sense they think its brilliant.