-one package of beef stew meat
-two cans tomatoes (diced, crushed, etc.)
-four cans of other vegetables (beans, potatoes, etc.)
-one package of onion soup mix
-water to cover
Recently, a dad and his daughter entered a small shop where I was browsing. The girl, who looked maybe nine, immediately grabbed a bracelet from a display and asked if she could have it. “We haven’t even been here five minutes and you’re already asking to buy stuff,” he fumed. “But it’s just $8,” she pouted. A few minutes later, when the two of them left the store, the girl was holding a small bag.
Whether out of guilt or because he just didn’t want to be nagged, this dad had caved. (I’m fairly sure that bag didn’t contain a gift for Grandma.) While as parents we’ve all been there, that dad’s inability to say “no”—and mean it—could be setting his daughter up for credit problems when she’s out on her own.
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