I needed a Target run last night so I told the boys they could use their Christmas gift cards if they were good in the store. As they picked out items, they added up the totals and I mentioned they would also have to pay sales tax so that would impact the total.
In the car afterward, they wanted to know more. We had a very long detailed discussion about sales tax, how it works, why we have it, etc. This led to discussing different types of tax we pay, including income tax and property tax. Nate asked how the government knows how much you should pay so I then explained the April 15 income tax deadline.
Nate: If I owed $100 at the end of the year, I would just send $35. I don't want to give them all my money.
Laura: Then you would go to jail.
Nate: Okay then, I will give them $100.
I like to think that when the boys are in therapy as adults, they will say their mom never just said "I don't know" or "That's the way it is." Instead they will say "That crazy lady explained taxes to us when we were 6. And the effect of blood sugar on our bodies. And the direction of waves and how it impacts hearing. WE WERE 6!"