Blowback. Otherwise known as the law of unintended consequences. Always an eye-opener.
Last week was the occasion of that glorious annual institution, the school Mother's Day Stall.
A. announced she intended to spend her own money on me for her gift this year. "That's lovely, honey, but you don't have to do that," I said (stupidly). "I'll give you both $5 each to spend."
A asked, "Next year will you give us more pocket money and we pay for our own gifts?"
"Why yes," I said proudly, "That is indeed the plan, and is how pocket money should work. We'll start that next year." (We've talked about it before, I just have to work out how much pocket money I'm going to give them, so they can manage it).
M did not even hesitate. "Well, if we do that, I'll just buy really really cheap presents."
Oh yeah. Obviously.
Our work continues.