She just didn’t understand it. To her, it made perfect sense.
If she took dance one afternoon, cheerleading another afternoon and gymnastics on a third afternoon, that still left an afternoon free for taekwondo. Plus, you know, a fifth weekday afternoon would be completely free. Done deal, right?
I was standing at the kitchen counter, feeling flustered as I tried to follow a recipe card and keep up with the conversation.
She started whining, asking “how many dollars,” as I thought about what I’d just said.
How do you explain to a five-year-old that you can’t even fathom shelling out the September-to-May tuition to so many kids’ activities simultaneously? What do you say when they point out that other families can swing it? How can you talk to them about what you can’t afford in a way that doesn’t make them worry?