“Dad, can I get 298 kroner to buy the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy?”
“No, you can’t. Maybe you have another solution?”
Without hesitation, Niklas turned around went over to his grandmother and struck a deal. My mother got busy making waffles and lemonade, and together they carried a plastic table down the stairs and put it up right at the intersection off the property. While she hid behind a tree, the 3½ year old boy wasted no time. He stopped every car and offered waffles with jam and freshly made lemonade. In just a short time he was sold out and counted 400 NOK in earnings. He went over to his grandmother and paid her a 100 for the job, ran up the stairs and asked me, “Dad, can you drive to the store for 2 kroner?” “I sure will” Niklas got his dream toy and a great experience along the way.
This week, we’re in New York together, and after the third day we decided to go to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The story unfolds in New York and we could see many places we had just visited. And Niklas got to reflect on his first day as a business man almost 12 years ago.
6 thoughts on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, waffles and growing up”
Niklas, your a MASTER, master! And Geir, kudos to you for having the foresight to reward him for his ingenuity and action.
Great “work” all round. Great futures ahead.
– Calvin 🙂
BTW, Geir. the book “Miracles For Breakfast”, by Ruth Minshull, (downloadable free online) is just such a feast of the delegation of ‘problem solving’, that any parent having difficulties with child raising, could use with similar profit all round.
Puts everything in perspective with great humor and simplicity.
Of course, The ‘little penguin’, (replete in his luxury tuxedo suits,
and two inch raised platform shoes), offloaded the Minshulls’ years ago, due to their sensible and innovative USE of the Ol’ man’s toolbox. They got their “SP” badges of honor, to hasten their exit from the mind-control theta mincing machine monopoly.
Thankfully, it is a sobering thought to realize that tools and equipment, SENSIBLY used, can smooth the ruffling of feathers without the need to resort to animosity! (sometimes) 🙂
Unnd, vee shuute neffa schttopp lookink, eizer, jawol ??? 🙂
What a wonderful father-son photo. Really nice. 🙂
Really nice! Have a continued happy trip.
You were cheated, Geir. Just 2 kroner a drive to the store? 🙂 Your boy is amazing, looks pretty much like you.
Yes, he is amazing ☺