Toy Story Moment

Remember the ending of Toy Story 3? Andy is leaving for college and decides to give away all his favorite toys to the little girl so they will be played with again. He stops by her house to introduce all the toys to her and then Andy plays with her with his toys one last time.

We experienced our own toy story moment yesterday…

We were out driving around to garage sales, which by the way A loves doing with us! He and I have been earning extra money dog walking together so he understood that he had some of his own money to spend if he found something that he wanted. We were at one of our last stops and A hit the jackpot! We found a huge bag full of cars!

My first thought was that more cars was the last thing we needed around our house. But then I spotted a police car among the bunch, I knew A would love to have that one! Then as we started looking through them we saw an ambulance and A found a GARBAGE TRUCK! He is so excited about garbage trucks these days.

Since the whole bag of cars was priced as a set we asked if we could just pick a few to buy. The seller was a twelve-ish year old boy and wasn’t sure what he should do about our request. What came next turned out to be very cool teaching moment. The boy’s mom came over and talked him through the fact that his goals were to get rid of old toys, make some money in the process, and she could tell that A would really make good use of these cars. They went back and forth and came to a price of $0.25 each or five cars for $1.00. Which was perfect because Jesse had just told me that he had $2.00 left in his pocket… so we told A he could pick out ten cars.

A went about carefully choosing his favorites. After the first couple of choices the older boy caught on to what A would be interested in and started searching for ones he knew that A would want. He showed him that the ambulance doors opened and how the dump truck could dump his load. So sweet!

new cars

A paid the boy the $2.00 and the boy handed us a bag with the ten cars. A could not be more happy with his purchases! All of his new rescue vehicles have been working non-stop and he is driving his garbage truck around his pretend city making all the truck noises the real garbage truck makes.

What a great lesson for him too! Even at his age it’s clear that there is something very satisfying to have bought the cars with his own money. We really want him to understand the value of working hard and earning the reward. It’s something we’ve been trying to teach him about since he often has a hard time when Jesse has to leave us to go to work. This turned out be the best way so far to illustrate that to A and a great teaching moment for both boys!

  • sharefish

    Thanks for sharing this story about teachable moments. Love the way you handled the event.

  • Jerry Petersen

    What a great story! It’s often the things we “grownups” think are most ordinary that can be the most profound teaching moments. You’re making GREAT memories.

  • Gentle Joy

    This is a wonderful way for our children to learn….my kids have learned much through buying and selling at g sales. Thank you for sharing this. :)

  • Jolene Underwood

    Hi Kristin! Checked out your page today as I’m in the (in)Courage group with you. This is such a sweet and wonderful little story. These are the kind of stories that show parenting techniques lived out simply. This moment was recognized for what could be learned and in the process both boys were guided by parents. I think examples like this are so encouraging and helpful when “advice” on parenting seems to overwhelm & daunt many.

    I look forward to getting to know you more in the group!

  • Kristin

    Thanks for visiting and for the comment. Looking forward to getting to know you more too!