Solving the Mystery of The Missing Money

Jackson is getting older and we are embracing it.  Getting older means that he is becoming more independant each day. 

Leaving us to ponder:  How, as a parent, do you help encourage the independance, in a gentle way?  As parents, we have decided to give Jackson more responsibility in his day-to-day life.

Jackson needs to get himself washed, dressed, and teeth brushed daily (hence he has skanky breath during the week).  Jackson needs to help with making his bed.  He also has to help with some simple chores.  If I am doing laundry, Jackson has to help get the laundry, put it in the washer and turn it on.  He also has to help by putting it in the dryer and try his hand at folding it too.  It takes all my might to NOT REFOLD in front of him.

Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he fails, see teeth and folding above.

Our newest venture into independance is letting him be responsible for money going to the school.  It’s only the 27th of September and we have Juice Pops on Wednesdays & Fridays for the whole month-the first day I failed to give the children money for it and was subsequently scolded by my 5 year old for my error; three days of Book Fair for the library; and Entertainment Book fundraising.

After perusing the Book Fair brochure, Jackson had decided to buy a Lego Hero Factory Chapter book.  He was willing to use his own money for this book.  Into his Disneyland savings he ventured, counted out $6.50, and had me put it in a separate bag with his request in it.  That day, he also wanted to take out money for Juice Pops, one for him and one for Cue and one for Eli.  I also helped him take out money for some cool erasers and/or pencils that they always sell at the Book Fair.

Knowing how hard Jackson had worked for his money, I figured that he would be careful with it.  We devised a plan of where to keep the money.  I discussed with Jackson about the importance of NOT telling people about the money and notshowing  people his money.  I helped him separate the money and we put a note in with the book money, just in case he got nervous when he was talking to the parent volunteers or the librarian about what he wanted.

I felt that we had covered all the bases and that Jackson was feeling pretty good about his new-found responsibility.  Off to school Jackson went.

Jackson came home that day.  I asked him if he bought a juice pop.  He said that they were not selling them that day.  I checked his bag  to put aside his juice pop money for Friday.  It was gone.  I asked Jackson if he went to the Book Fair.  He said yes but I didn’t see a book.  I found his Book Fair money bag.  It contained the note, the entry for the book raffle, but no money.  I found the other bag with his extra coin for an eraser or pen from the Book Fair.  It was still there.

I was confused.  I asked Jackson what happened to his money.  At first he said that  he didn’t know, then he said that he gave his money to somebody at the Book Fair.  I of course, asked more questions.  Jackson of course, got upset. 

My clam, Jackson, just didn’t recall and shut-me-down- and-out about any more conversations about money.

I decided to do some detective work, only to find out that none of his peeps posse close friends even knew that he had money.  I also found out that a former class bully had been harrassing Jackson and his friends.  Great.  Could that be where Jackson’s money went?  Could his money have been taken?  Theft in Grade Two?

Where could it have gone?

On Friday Saturday Sunday,  I finally checked the daytimer and found this.

I guess the story of giving his money to someone was true.

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