Tent update

After thinking it over, this morning I offered my 4 year old a solution to her tent problem. I told her if she really wanted that tent, she could do some jobs for me and earn the money. Or the other option, I explained, was just to wait and ask for the tent for her birthday.

She thought for a minute and then said, “How many jobs do I have to do?”

“Five,” I said, “and then we can go buy the tent.” (I had perhaps a half hour time commitment in mind. Empty the silverware. Fold your jeans. Easy stuff like that. )

“Hmmm.” She thought for a long moment. “I think I’ll wait til my birthday.”

Guess it wasn’t QUITE as high on her list as I thought.

In the meantime, I dug in the garage and found a perfectly decent little pop-up tent that was her big brother’s from a few years ago. She squealed with delight when she came inside and saw I had it set up, and played happily for the next half hour. Not a princess tent, but I think that will do her quite nicely until that birthday rolls around. However, as my hubby pointed out, she may want something entirely different by then!


  1. Oh, that tent can be totally transformed into a princess tent. A little pink toulle here, some pink construction paper there, and a few brightly colored sheets, and voila….a princess tent.

    I’ll have to dig up a picture of a tent concoction that my kids came up with one rainy day. Priceless. It took over our family room for 3 days.

  2. Oh the joys of being young! Either work for it or wait until someone gives it to me on my birthday. I wish I had those options sometimes!
    They are cute little girls!

  3. Good job, Mary! Saved money AND thought of a way to let her know things don’t come free. Brava!

  4. Honesty. Gotta love it! Looks like you made her wish come true after all!!

  5. Seems like the perfect solution! 🙂

  6. What wonderful options!

  7. What a perfect gift. She may never be able to go back to a princess tent.

  8. They’re so cute!

    Thanks for visiting me today!

  9. Glad it all worked out! I had a disapointment with kids gifts this year too. I gave my new nephew a magic invisible pen with a black light so you could read the writing. I ordered it online and the light didn’t work. So the ink was invisible and not so fun. I was more disapointed than he was! He had a room full of other presents!

  10. What? She needs to drag all of your clean sheets and blankets out, drape them over the furniture and hide beneath them. 🙂