Saturday, April 19, 2014

Picking up the Tab

The difference in price between what makes a Kindergartner happy, and what makes a teen happy, when we're out and about at the mall.

One drink and a ride on the new thing-a-mabobby they've installed for the little guy: $2.99

Pretty nails, because 'Oh please, please, please Mommy, I would love to have that done,' for the teen: (price undisclosed to preserve the illusion that I'm sane). :)

48 comments:

Robin said...

And that is one of the many reasons that kids before they hit 11 are so much more FUN than after they hit 11. The younger they are the more they relish the little, simple things. It is a beautiful thing.

Masshole Mommy said...

Haha, I get my nails done and I love when they look all pretty, too. And that is why I am glad I have 2 little boys :)

Janine Huldie said...

I am so in for it when both my girls are teens and not even deluding myself, lol!! :)

Pat Hatt said...

Some how I'd guess boys are cheaper all the way through lol

Sandee said...

Yes, as they get older the prices are higher. It's a treat for both of them though.

Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

Lizbeth McGow said...

LOL...I hear you my dear! With my 2 boys is one with the drink and ride like yours (he stays with dad) while mom goes to Hollister with the teen (because that's about the ONLY time mom's company and advice "aka wallet" is necessary!!! Big Hug dear and have a great weekend...stay sane!!!! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosie .. I can believe a little diamond might cover the cost of those nails - I sure hope she protects them that way too! But that's life .. Happy Easter to one and all - Hilary

Almost Precious said...

Too true. With small children it doesn't take a wad of money to make them smile - sometimes all it takes is the free toy in a McD's Happy Meal.
Then they hit their teens and find they "NEED" those $200 athletic shoes or that $98 dollar pair of jeans.

Ashley Gill said...

This gives me a headache! UGH!! I have small children and do not even want to think about how they are going to get MORE expensive!!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Yep... the older they get, the more expensive they get. I only had a girl so I am not sure which is more expensive,... boy or girl.

MikiHope said...

No kids but plenty of my friends did and AUNT Michele spent lots of moola whether they were young or old! One ride on that thing--yeah right!!

Maddi'sMommy said...

Haha - I have siblings that are teenagers still, and a daughter that is four. I see this difference every day.

Lawna Noe said...

For me, it's the difference in price between my boys and my girl. My boys are so much cheaper when it comes to clothes. My daughter has to have all the cute clothes, not to mention a ton of accessories! Ok, maybe it's just mommy has to get it for her. (shes only 18 months). I can't wait till she gets old enough to take her to get her little piggies and fingers painted. They do the cutest little Hello Kitty painted nails at our local nail shop.

Brian Miller said...

what a cool little pampering, getting the nails done...
fun with kids...i took my oldest to the flea market this morning
to look around and got a special drink...does that count?
smiles.

Angelic Sinova said...

This is so true! But nowadays kids want expensive 'teen' items like iPads and other tech stuff! Enjoy those young years!

Elephant's Child said...

Ouch. How very, very true. And adults aren't cheap to entertain either. Perhaps we need to nurture our inner kindergartner.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

The little things of youth are much cheaper

ARH47 said...

who boy, I have two teenage daughters that are clothes/shoes/makeup crazy. The 15 year old is ALWAYS wanting new clothes--everything she sees! They are really good about finding things that are on sale and looking for coupons to even better make their case, though.

Aria H.

Jennifer Zimmerman said...

I feel like my 8yo and 9yo are already on this train. Sure, they're still happy with the little things, but they're REALLY happy with video games and other expensive toys.

Kim Croisant said...

Glad you found something to make you all happy. I'm just trying to figure out what makes a preschooler happy!!

Ave T said...

LOL :D Poor mommy, but at least you had 2 happy kids later :D

Julie Carlyle said...

LOL!!!
Yep, I know the feeling, we have the same outings but with 2 x toddlers and 2 x teenager :0!

The teenagers have the hide to say, "you spoil them, they get whatever they ask for!"
... Ah, yeah at 50c a pop to make them happy its easy!
Thanks again for the giggle.
Julie
Gourmet Getaways

Gluten Free for Jen said...

It is amazing how they change and get more expensive as they get older! My son (who will be 9) asked if he could have phone! I told him nope- not until you can get a job and pay for it yourself!

Pam said...

Oh, yeah. It didn't take as much when the kids were little. Just a ride or a drink. Now everything they want and "need" is expensive.

Binky said...

Though it's nice that you can still do things like that for them to make them happy.

Anonymous said...

I am luckier than you then, my youngest loves to sit on those rides but hates if they move - money savings for me there. I have a teenage son who does not want a manicure so money saved there, lol. They both have expensive tastes when it comes to presents though.

Curby Aardvark said...

That worm in the apple is so familiar! I remember it somewhere from my childhood but I can't really put my finger on it.

Colette S said...

You are too funny!
Oh the things we do for our kids eh :)

Susan Kane said...

Richard Scarry was such a fun children book author. And I would like to try to fit in that ride:)

Launna said...

I know exactly what you mean Rosey... I have people telling me how once my daughter is grown a bit and doesn't need a sitter, I will have so much more money... haha... the things she wants will be more expensive, so I won't be saving any money :)

Although I do plan to make her work for most of the money, she needs to learn it doesn't just drop off trees :)

Have a really lovely Easter with your family Rosey ♥

Oh, thank you so much for your comment... this person that I am dealing with isn't family or a friend... I don't even know her but she has it out for me... oh well... moving on. I think it would be even harder if it was a family member...

Lisa said...

PRICELESS!!! The Things We Do For Our Children Your A AWESOME MOM!!

Monica said...

Definitely different interests there! It looks like you enjoy it all so much and are continually making them happy. cc

Pam said...

LOL! Too funny. I hope your daughter enjoyed it! It is only the beginning.

Theresa Mahoney said...

It's backward here. My teen is so cheap and easy. It's the little one that is a gimme kind of girl!

Payal Bansal said...

lolz.... this is so cute and funny :p

Why dnt you gift her nail art, that might be cheaper ;)

becca said...

I remember the stories of Richard Scary wow it's been a long time. what memories.

Megan Chamberlin said...

HAhaha - as an adult, I'd be happy with either the car or the manicure. :)

The Lucky Wife said...

Ahhh, yes ... and girls seem to be more costly in general? Unless the boys end up involved in expensive hobbies. :)

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Lol, I even see this difference with my 8 and 10 year old sons. The older one cares about music and fashion and the little one still cares about toys.

Shey W. said...

That's pretty cool. well what matters is you make them happy and you can easil keep an eye on them

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Lol I know exactly what you mean and you're not insane sometimes it's nice to treat them to something pretty but useless.

Angel said...

Big difference! Gotta love the kids though! They are precious at every stage!! :)

Onica MommyFactor said...

Oh gosh this is so true. Recently I took out my 5 year son and my 10 year niece and what it cost to keep them happy was a huge price difference. LOL

mail4rosey said...

I do! They're pretty easy to make happy so far (knock on wood). I've been blessed with four really good kids!

mail4rosey said...

Agreed. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Agreed here too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Betcha' got good Auntie Brownie Points though. :)

~ Noelle said...

I know what you mean!!!!
It is crazy how much more expensive things get the older they get...
but you are an awesome mom for making them both happy