I have a question.
If you give a child a Christmas present, is it really necessary to give them an お年玉 as well?? Personally I think no, but that didn't stop John's grandparents giving him one the other day.
What to do with the money John got is a dilemma for us. Do we put it in his bank account and save it for his education? Do we buy something for him with it? Do we give him the money and let him buy whatever he likes? This year we decided to teach him about money, so let him spend the money on whatever he wants to get. To our dismay, his first choice was a plastic monster from the Ultraman series. I guess it was wishful thinking to expect him to choose something educational. But still, I don't want to enforce my ideals on him. Just because I think the money would be better spent on something else, this is a rare chance for him to choose what HE wants, not what WE want to give him.
Ever since "winning" a monster in bingo before Christmas, John has become less interested in robots and more interested in weird monsters (he calls them dinosaurs!!). The toys are, admittedly, very well made and look pretty cool. In fact, they look scarier than the actual monsters on tv, which are so bad it is kind of funny...(just imagine grown men in rubber costumes doing judo on each other). The biggest problem is, there are 30 or so more in the series, and John has decided to sleep with this one too!! Ouch x 2
How do your children spend their お年玉?