Monday, April 13, 2009

A parentonomics moment this morning

GIRL, WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN KILOS OF CHOCOLATE THIS WEEKEND INCLUDING A LARGE NUMBER OF MINI EASTER EGGS: Mum ate one!

ME: But you've got lots. If you had 2,000,002 and your mum ate one, leaving you with 2,000,001 - would it matter?

GIRL: No.

ME: Well you've got a lot - and Mum has taken one, so it doesn't matter very much.

GIRL: But I won't have as much as other people!

These moments are pure gold when it comes to economics. Perhaps I should put them in a blog, and turn it into a book.

6 comments:

Salient Green said...

A lesson on the pleasures of sharing would be appropiate here for 'girl', as well as a reminder of how many eggs she would have without Mum and Dad.

A lesson for us adults also on how selfishness is an infantile choice.

Peter Martin said...

Thank you Salient

Anonymous said...

And just who said neoliberal capitalism was dead?? Greed is not just good, it is natural, even innate in the young and (comparatively) untutored. There is hope for the future after all.

Toni said...

A prudent elder didn't even eat the 'one' egg in question, as accused. I put it away for a rainy day when the 'girl' or more likely, me, will be looking for something sweet. It's called saving. And kilos of easter eggs is an exaggeration!

Peter Martin said...

Toni,

Welcome to the blog.

I'm awed. Yours is worth a read as well.

Peter

Anonymous said...

Adult steals easter egg, parent declares child greedy. Child understands private property rights better than Age columnist.

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