I am trying to teach the importance of piggy bank to my 3 years old just like my parents did to me and my child is listening to me and proving herself as the obedient child.
I got a simple and inexpensive money bank. Gave her 11 Rupees on the occasion of Navratri to start with her savings and explained to her that she needs to save the money for her next birthday party. I told her “So all the gifts you want and the birthday cake would come from your money bank savings only.”
She was quite happy with her new gift and soon it became an obsession.
And then she took it too seriously.
Now all my cash gets vanished from my wallet. If she finds any spare coins lying around, all of them go to her piggy.
I had to rush to the ATM thrice in last one week. (now max cash is kept with MIL)
Today I asked her why are you taking only my money?? And not of grand maa, grand paa or Pappa…
On this her reply is, “you told me, no, not to touch anyone’s money. No Pappa’s money, No Grand Maa’s money, and No Grand Paa’s money.
Me, stressed with my own teaching asked her, “then why are you taking all my money?”
And her innocent response is, “Alle Mumma, you had told me no? I can take your money till the time I am small. when I eat good food and become big then I will go to work and bring money from ATM (I didn’t teach her we earn money through ATMs 🙁 ), then I will not take your money.
Till that time let me take it no, I need to save for MY BIRTHDAY PARTY. I will buy a very big cake.
Conclusion – If you expect your child to be the obedient child, beware of your own teaching. When you play with kids; don’t think it’s a kid’s play. Your teachings may come back to you as boomerang and Karma.