Buy me something, mom! A young frog thought about where money came from Did it even matter, as long as his parents bought him everything he asked for? When faced with a difficult job, he finds himself caught between tough choices.
Make your child the main character. Replace this (_____) with your child’s name.
Buy me something, mom!
Every day, a young frog _____ asked his parents to buy him sweets and toys.
Yet, he quickly became bored with the toys, and the sweets were gone too soon.
Then, he would run to his Mommy Froggy and beg her to “Buy! Buy! Buy!”
Most of the time, Father Bullfrog would set out for the shop and come back with some new toys and a bag of sweets.
_____ parents used the money from their jobs to buy anything for their frogling – a set of markers, a robot, a ball and so much more.
Yet, from time to time, they needed to fix their boat car…
…or buy a new pair of rubber boots and a raincoat for Mommy Froggy.
Sometimes the frogling fell ill and needed lots of medicines to get better.
During these times, there was not enough money left over to fulfill all of the frogling’s wants and wishes.
The parents told their son, “We only have a little money left, _… only enough to buy some food.”
“We will buy what you ask for when we receive our salaries.”
_____ didn’t understand. “Mom, Dad,” he said, “you just need to earn some money. I don’t wanna wait. I want my treats now!”
His parents only groaned, and _____ – offended by the refusal – didn’t talk to them for the rest of the day.
The next day, he gave them the same song and dance. “Buy! Buy! Buy!” Every day, the same story.
His parents thought and thought. What could be done?
They shared their troubles with their neighbor, Old Toad. She was very wise.
“You know what? I’m looking for a helper to walk my grasshopper for a few coins. Send your son to me. He might learn something new.”
_____ parents suggested he go earn some money, and he agreed.
“Easy peasy!” he said and made his way to the neighbor and her pet.
_____ considered it a piece of cake, just walking along in an easygoing way.
Yet, the grasshopper was too lively and wouldn’t sit still, even for a moment.
The little frog wore out his feet while chasing him!
When he was awfully tired, _____ brought the grasshopper back to Toad. She handed him a few coins, advising him.
“This is your very first salary. Use it wisely, and don’t forget to buy some presents for your parents like they always do for you.”
Delighted, the little frog ran to the local shop, leaving his weariness behind. He first made his way to the ice cream man.
He looked forward to eating his favorite ice cream and then drinking a bottle of lemonade.
“Five coins,” the ice cream man replied to the frog’s request.
The frog understood that he wouldn’t have money left over after buying ice cream and lemonade. Yet, he still wanted a new toy.
_____ quickly wandered over to a section of the store filled with boat cars.
The toys sat on a counter, new and bright, and all colors of the rainbow. _____ picked out a green one, just like himself.
“Five coins,” said the seller when _____ held out the toy.
“Hurray!” The little frog was happy. “I can buy this wonderful boat car! I have just enough coins.”
However, he quickly realized that if he bought this new toy, there wouldn’t be enough coins left over to buy any presents for his parents.
“Well, I can walk the grasshopper again and earn some more money,” _____ thought sadly.
“That job is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. I wonder how my parents cope with their work all the time?”
The frog handed the toy back to the seller…
…sadly leaped back home. He decided to seek his mom’s advice. She would know some secrets for sure.
“I’m a bad son because I want to buy a new boat car instead of presents for you,” _____ shared with his mom.
“You have worked hard to earn money and buy yourself a toy,” his mother answered. “You are a wonderful son!”
“We love to take care of you, and the best present you can give us is your self-responsibility.”
However, _____ decided not to buy a boat car. Instead, he spent all his hard-earned money on all kinds of sweets for his mom and dad.
From that point forward, _ decided to walk Toad’s pet every weekend so he could buy a new scooter… himself!